Branching gerbil burrows leading to a debris mound preserved on an ancient dune surface.
There is something near-miraculous in the concept of tiny creatures, weighing just grams, making tracks and traces so long ago, that are now evident in rock.
Museums across the U.S., including at Harvard University, collected human remains, which were often displayed to the public.
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Proposed legislation would identify and protect African American cemeteries. But it wouldn’t cover the remains of thousands of Black people in museum collections.
Cities are breeding grounds for creativity – and infectious diseases.
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Two scholars of cities explain why dense, urban areas will survive – and thrive – long after the pandemic ends, and even if they don’t get a bailout.
Business restrictions early in the pandemic, when rural towns had few cases, triggered a backlash that haunts them now.
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Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now “red zones,” suggesting viral spread is out of control.
On Isla Hornos, Magellan’s beech trees grow in wind-protected nooks and crannies.
A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.
California was one of the first states to enact shelter-in-place orders.
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Four researchers studied California’s shelter-in-place orders to figure out how many lives were saved by its early enactment. Here’s what they found.
Some of the highest coronavirus hospitalization rates in Denver are in neighborhoods near Valverde, a community that was once redlined.
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Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.
Studies show that people are more likely to get the flu shot if they have a plan.
The flu shot is a bargain – and people are more likely to get it if they know that.
Boston in the 19th century.
Despite many Irish-Americans claiming Protestant descent, unionists throughout history have found their rallying cries falling on deaf ears.
Baby sea turtles head for their natural habitat.
These trackways preserve an incredibly brief moment in time. More importantly, they tell us about ancient climates, and how turtle breeding ranges have changed over the millenia
It’s unlikely your ancestors were the first to set foot here.
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An anthropologist who’s researched the dispossession of Native Americans and their enduring connections to ancestral places sees the value in asking ‘whose land are you on?’
Terry Roark holds a photo of her son, Thomas, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, California, April 24, 2019, to voice opposition to a bill that would allow state health officials more say in vaccine exemptions.
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As measles cases surge, people blame parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. A sociologist who has studied public health says anti-vaxxers may not be so different from the rest of us.
Women in Malawi visit clinics many more times in their lives than men.
Female-centred health services are good, but they may detract from gender equality and men’s health.
A test subject entering a brain password.
Wenyao Xu, et al.
Biometrics are more secure than passwords – but when they’re compromised fingerprints and retina scans are hard to reset. Brain responses to specific stimuli are as secure and, crucially, resettable.
El fuego redujo a su esqueleto el Museo Nacional de Brasil.
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Es una mentira reconfortante creer que, una vez que una pieza pasa a formar parte de la colección de un museo, está segura para la eternidad. Los museos se enfrentan a muchos peligros en su lucha por la conservación. La falta de presupuesto es uno de los principales.
Brazil’s gutted National Museum now resembles an archaeological ruin itself.
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It’s a comforting falsehood that once an artifact joins a museum’s collection, it’s safe for eternity. Museums face many foes in the fight to preserve – a lack of funds might be the biggest.
¿Cómo piensan y se sienten los animales?
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Cada vez hay más pruebas de que los animales son conscientes de la muerte, pueden experimentar dolor y a veces lloran o ritualizan la muerte de sus allegados.
How do animals think and feel?
Patrick aka Herjolf
A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death, can experience grief and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead.
ARZ in Torino
Peut-on tout faire au nom de la science et de la connaissance ? Le cas d’une momie de jeune enfant soulève, enfin, des questions éthiques au sein de la communauté des archéologues.
Who gets to decide for the dead, such as this Egyptian mummy?
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Are DNA samples today’s version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species’ history – but at an ethical price.