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Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates we’ve been ballgame lovers for more than 3000 years

Have you ever wondered about the origin of your favorite ballgame? It is perhaps much earlier than you guess. Mesoamerica – a center of ancient civilizations that flourished for over 3000 years before the Spanish invasion occurred – has evidence for ancient ballgames. In fact,... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on May 18, 2021
Raincoats in nature: waterproof armors for insects and plants

Raining is perhaps spectacular, but for small insects or plant leaves, fast-falling raindrops with high impact can be very dangerous. Imagine how scary if bowling balls are falling at your head from the sky. What kind of trick do they use to protect themselves? As a... click to read more

  • Sunghwan Jung | Associate Professor at Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, New York, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 30, 2021
Have the ancestors become too much to bear? Emergence of cremation 9000 years ago in the Near East

Caring for the dead is a significant issue in all societies. While burials were known since at least 120,000 years ago, it was an unusual practice in the Near East throughout the Paleolithic period. It only became common practice when people adopted a sedentary lifestyle,... click to read more

  • Fanny Bocquentin | Tenure at National Center of Scientific Research and Equipe Ethnologie Préhistorique, MSH Mondes, Nanterre, France
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Apr 23, 2021
More than money: what do we need to adapt to climate change?

Climate change is already threatening the daily lives of people across the globe. In response, considerable investments are being made by governments, non-governmental organizations, and development agencies to help communities build their capacity to adapt. For example, one such initiative (The Adaptation Fund) has alone... click to read more

  • Michele L. Barnes | Senior Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia
  • Jacqueline Lau | Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia
Views 1946
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 22, 2021
How wombats poop cubes

A great mystery of the natural world has been how wombats make cubic faeces from their round anus. Wombats are the only species known to make these box-shaped poops which scientists believe they strategically place to communicate with each other. The cubic shape helps the... click to read more

  • Zoé Valbret | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 4566
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 21, 2021