Category: Science

Ancient people relied on coastal environments to survive the Last Glacial Maximum

Ancient people relied on coastal environments to survive the Last Glacial Maximum

Excavations on the south coast of South Africa have uncovered evidence of human occupations from the end of the last ice age, approximately 35,000 years ago, through the complex transition to the modern time, known as the Holocene and adaptions that were key to our species ability to survive wide climate and environmental fluctuations. …read more

Indonesian wildfires a ‘fixable problem’

Indonesian wildfires a ‘fixable problem’

Indonesian wildfires that cause widespread air pollution and vast carbon emissions are a ‘fixable problem’, according to the leader of a project set up to help tackle the issue. …read more

U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs, experts urge

U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs, experts urge

Structuring negotiations between insurers and providers, standardizing fee-for-service payments and negotiating prices can lower the United States’ health care spending by slowing the rate at which healthcare prices increase, according to a new study. …read more

U.S.-European mission launches to monitor the world’s oceans

U.S.-European mission launches to monitor the world’s oceans

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will extend a nearly 30-year continuous dataset on sea level collected by an ongoing collaboration of U.S. and European satellites while enhancing weather forecasts and providing detailed information on large-scale ocean currents to support ship navigation near coastlines. …read more

Science reveals secrets of a mummy’s portrait

Science reveals secrets of a mummy’s portrait

How much information can you get from a speck of purple pigment, no bigger than the diameter of a hair, plucked from an Egyptian portrait that’s nearly 2,000 years old? Plenty, according to a new study. Analysis of that speck can teach us about how the pigment was made, what it’s made of – and maybe even a little about the people who made it. …read more

Zebra finches amazing at unmasking the bird behind the song

Zebra finches amazing at unmasking the bird behind the song

Like humans who can instantly tell which friend or relative is calling by the timbre of the person’s voice, zebra finches have a near-human capacity for language mapping. …read more