Ancient blanket made with 11,500 turkey feathers

PULLMAN, Wash. — The ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest used around 11,500 feathers to make a turkey feather blanket, according to a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The people who made such blankets were ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians such as the Hopi, Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblos. A team […]

History of temperature changes in the Universe revealed

IMAGE: Computer simulation of the evolution of the large-scale structure (bottom) and the temperature (top) of the Universe. The time flows from the left to the right panels, with the rightmost… view more  Credit: D. Nelson / Illustris Collaboration. How hot is the Universe today? How hot was it before? A new study by an international […]

Supernova explosions may have helped shape Earth’s climate history

Star explosions may have played a greater role in Earth’s climate history than scientists thought. Nearby supernovas have left a series of possible fingerprints in the tree-ring record here on Earth over the past 40,000 years, potentially disrupting our planet’s climate multiple times over this span, a new study reports. “These are extreme events, and […]

New fossil seal species rewrites history

An artist impression of the newly discovered extinct monk seal species Credit: Jaime Bran. Copyrigh: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. The discovery, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, radically changes scientists’ understanding of how seal species evolved around the world. It came after researchers examined seven preserved fossil specimens, including […]

A history of contested presidential elections, from Samuel Tilden to Al Gore

As states continue to count their ballots in the 2020 election, it seems possible that Democrats and Republicans will end up in court over whether President Trump will win a second term in the White House. President Trump has said he’s going to contest the election results – going so far as to say that […]

The story behind the most fraudulent election in history

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History of Halloween | Live Science

Editor’s note: The COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing, meaning that Halloween 2020 must be celebrated differently compared to previous years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published helpful guidelines for celebrating Halloween and other fall holidays in ways that will keep you safe and healthy.  Parents and kids alike are gearing […]

When good governments go bad

IMAGE: The ruins of the Roman Forum, once a site of a representational government. view more  Credit: (c) Linda Nicholas, Field Museum All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart in time, with different degrees of severity. In a new paper, anthropologists […]

The Long History of Accidental Laboratory Releases of Potential Pandemic Pathogens Is Being Ignored In the COVID-19 Media Coverage – Independent Science News

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by Sam Husseini Many people are dismissing the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic might have come from a lab. It is possible that they are unaware of the frequency of biohazards escaping from laboratories. On Feb. 11, I asked Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s Principal Deputy Director, at the National Press Club if it were a “complete coincidence” that the outbreak […]