Quentin Atkinson

Aug. 24, 2012

Mapping the Birthplace of Modern Languages

Scientists have traced the roots of languages like English and Spanish back to present-day Turkey.

language, linguistics, evolutionary biology, language evolution

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Richard Leakey Reflects On Human Past--And Future

Leakey talks about the origins of Homo sapiens, and their uncertain future.

anthropology, human origins, turkana boy, fossil, hominid

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\tIn 2011, comet Lovejoy traveled through the sun’s corona and lived to tell the tale. But its tail was the most telling. Reporting in the journal Science, Cooper Downs, an astrophysicist at Predictive Science Inc. in San Diego, Calif., says that the wiggly path of the comet’s tail helps explain the sun’s magnetic field. \t 

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