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Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

June 7, 2017
Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent. Read more…

Women in Brazil peddling packaged food

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Andrew Jacobs & Matt Richtel, New York Times

September 16, 2017
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

David Leonhard, New York Times

August 7, 2017
Three leading economists provide a dramatic look at the skyrocketing income growth of the 0.01% very rich vs. all other Americans over the past 34 years.

Women from Nigeria on computers

Breaking the code: how women in Nigeria are changing the face of tech

Tolu Ajiboye, The Guardian

August 14, 2017
The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the face of technology in Africa.

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

October 12, 2017

Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live alongside Our Ancestors?

Michael Greshko, National Geographic

May 9, 2017

No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt

Gina Kolata, New York Times

April 27, 2017

The First People Who Populated the Americas

Melissa Hogenboom, BBC

March 30, 2017

Chimps May Be Capable of Comprehending the Minds of Others

Catherine Caruso, Scientific American

March 3, 2017

In the Bonobo World, Female Camaraderie Prevails

Natalie Angier, New York Times

September 10, 2016

Oldest Ever Human Genome Sequence May Rewrite Human History

Colin Barras, New Scientist

March 14, 2016

In a Tooth, DNA From Some Very Old Cousins, the Denisovans

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

November 16, 2015

First Humans to Leave Africa Went to China, Not Europe

Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

October 14, 2015

Scientists Recover First Genome of Ancient Human From Africa

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

October 8, 2015 (See also a story with corrected study conclusions, February 4, 2016)

Homo Naledi, New Species in Human Lineage, Is Found in South African Cave

John Noble Wilford, New York Times

September 10, 2015

DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

June 10, 2015

‘New Species’ of Ancient Human Found

Rebecca Morelle, BBC News

May 28, 2015

‘First Human’ Discovered in Ethiopia

Pallab Ghosh, BBC News

March 4, 2015

Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings

Helen Thompson, Smithsonian.com

December 3, 2014

Leg Bone Gives Up Oldest Human DNA

Paul Rincon, BBC News

December 4, 2013

24,000-Year-Old Body Shows Kinship to Europeans and American Indians

Nicholas Wade, New York Times

November 20, 2013

Chimps Are Making Monkeys Out of Us

Justin McCurry, The Guardian

September 28, 2013

Neanderthals Defy Stereotypes

Evan Hadingham, PBS NOVA

January 9, 2013

Fossil Foot Indicates New Prehuman Species

John Noble Wilford, New York Times

March 28, 2012

Ancient Tools Point to Early Human Migration Into Arabia

Emily Underwood, Science

November 30, 2011

New Fossils May Redraw Human Ancestry

Nicholas Wade, New York Times

September 8, 2011

Did Modern Humans Go Global Twice As Early As Thought?

Bob Holmes, New Scientist

January 27, 2010

Hunter-Gatherers Cared for First Known Ancient Invalid

Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

October 11, 2010

Clues of Britain’s First Humans

Nicholas Wade, New York Times

July 7, 2010

Almost Human: Closest Australopithecine Primate Found

Jeff Hecht, New Scientist

April 12, 2010

New Hominid Species Discovered in South Africa

Celia W. Dugger and John Noble Wilford, New York Times

April 8, 2010

On Crete, New Evidence of Very Ancient Mariners

Celia W. Dugger and John Noble Wilford, New York Times

April 8, 2010

The Tangled Roots of English

Nicholas Wade, New York Times

February 23, 2015

Dating oldest known petroglyphs in North America

Science Daily

August 13, 2013

Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say

Nicholas Wade, New York Times

August 23, 2012

Did Stone Age Cavemen Talk to Each Other in Symbols?

Robin McKie, The Guardian

March 10 2012

Unlike Humans, Chimpanzees Don’t Enjoy Collaborating

Danielle Venton, Wired

September 22, 2011

‘Earliest Writing’ Found

BBC News

May 4, 1999

The Race to Solar-Power Africa

Bill McKibben, The New Yorker

June 26, 2017

Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

November 23, 2015

Human Ancestors Got a Grip on Tools 3 Million Years Ago

Catherine Brahic, New Scientist

January 22, 2015

Earliest Signs of Advanced Tools Found

John Noble Wilford, New York Times

August 31, 2011

NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times

October 30, 2015

Quran Fragments Found in Britain Are Dated to the Birth of Islam

Dan Bilefsky, New York Times

July 22, 2015

8,000 Years Ago, 17 Women Reproduced for Every One Man

Francie Diep, Pacific Standard

March 7, 2015

Most Cave Painters May Actually Have Been Women

Slate (video)

October 12, 2013

Solar Circle

Ulrich Boser, Archeology

July/August 2006

The Adaptive Value of Religious Ritual

Richard Sosis, originally published in American Scientist

March/April 2004

Road to the Future

Sustainable Energy

The Race to Solar-Power Africa

Bill McKibben, The New Yorker

June 26, 2017

How far is Germany from a complete coal exit?

Irene Banos Ruiz, dw.com

March 4, 2017

The U.S. Is Tackling Global Warming, Even if Trump Isn’t

Michael R. Bloomberg & Gerry Brown, New York Times

November 14, 2017

Solar Technology Hits Historic New Era

EcoWatch

October 4, 2017

Climate Change is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions

Justin Gillis, New York Times

September 18, 2017

Greenland is Melting

Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

October 24, 2016

The Anthropocene Epoch: Scientists Declare Dawn of Human-Influenced Age

Damian Carrington, The Guardian

August 16, 2016

Greenland is Melting Away

Coral Davenport, Josh Haner, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins, New York Times

(Includes drone video)
October 27, 2015

Nearly a Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors. Here’s Why.

Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic

August 2017

The World’s First Solar-Powered Refugee Camp

Molly Anders and Naomi Mihara, Devex

June 20, 2017

An Innovative Cure for Broken Water Pumps in Africa

The Economist

February 28, 2017

The Future of Not Working

Annie Lowrey, New York Times

February 23, 2017

Better and Better

A review of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg

The Economist

September 3, 2016

What Data Can Do to Fight Poverty

Annie Duflo and Dean Karlan, New York Times

January 29, 2016

In 5 Minutes, He Lets the Blind See

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

November 7, 2015

What Angus Deaton, the Latest Nobel Winner, Says About Foreign Aid

Vikas Bijaj, New York Times

October 12, 2015

In West Africa, a Mission to Save Minds

Benedict Carey, New York Times

October 11, 2015

The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor

Paul Theroux, New York Times

October 2, 2015

Home Free? Utah’s fix for homelessness

James Surowiecki, New Yorker

September 22, 2014

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel, New York Times

September 16, 2017

If Americans Love Moms, Why Do We Let Them Die?

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

July 29, 2017

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

Charles Siebert, New York Times Magazine

January 28, 2016

Is Humanity Getting Better?

Leif Wenar, New York Times Magazine

February 15, 2016

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