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Study Suggests Early Humans Had Even More Interspecies Sex

Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans. New research is now revealing that the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred with its own predecessor, a population of “superarchaic” hominids. Read More >>

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Bird That Looks Like It Died Yesterday Turns Out to Be 46,000 Years Old

On Jacquelyn Gill’s first day doing field work at the Siberian permafrost caves during the summer of 2018, a local fossil hunter approached her with a dead bird in his hands. The translator hadn’t yet arrived, but from the freshly dead look of the bird, Gill assumed it had just recently flown into the cave and died. A modern bird was of little interest to her team, which had flown to this remote region and trekked for miles to study remnants of the last ice age. The man, however, was persistent in offering her the dead bird. Read More >>

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Psychologist Finds Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment Pointless as Lawyers Seek Her Release

Attorneys for imprisoned activist and former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning have filed a new motion for her release from the jail in the US state of Virginia where she’s been held for almost a year. Read More >>

You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

If you love slathering everything from chips, to tinned tuna, to BLT sandwiches in mayonnaise, but don’t always have the energy to squeeze a bottle, Japan has once again come to the aid of the lazy with packages of sliced mayonnaise. Read More >>

Moscow Using Facial Recognition to Enforce Coronavirus Quarantine of 2,500 Travellers from China

Moscow is using facial recognition technology to enforce a quarantine on thousands of people who arrived in Russia from China, over fears of the new coronavirus that has killed over 2,000 people worldwide, according to a new report from the Moscow Times. The news comes as the virus, which causes an illness dubbed Covid-19, continues to spread more rapidly outside of China, and as Russia comes under increased scrutiny for its use of facial recognition tech. Read More >>

Google Is Finally Cracking Down on Android Apps That Track Your Location in the Background

Google has informed developers that it’s about to enforce new restrictions on Android apps that unnecessarily track user location data in the background. It informed developers that all apps in the Google Play store will need to have express approval from the company to collect such data or risk being pulled entirely. Read More >>

24 Hours With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Has Me Convinced of a Folding Future

Samsung’s newest flagship, the £1,300 Galaxy Z Flip, might actually be the first foldable phone worth buying. The company gave me a Flip to use for 24 hours, which isn’t long enough to fully review the device, but I used the Flip as my main phone for a full day to see how it stands up to my daily life. Read More >>

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A Study Linking E-Cigs to Heart Attacks Was Just Retracted – What Does That Mean for Vaping’s Health Risks?

This week, a study that had suggested using e-cigarettes could increase the risk of heart attack was retracted, following an investigation by the journal’s editors that deemed its findings “unreliable.” But does the retraction mean vaping is safe, and should we be concerned about the validity of other vaping research? Read More >>

The Next Planet of the Apes Movie Will Continue ‘Caesar’s Legacy’

We learned late last year that the Planet of the Apes franchise would not end with 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes, something that had actually been rumoured since shortly after that acclaimed film’s release. And now, we know that the new Apes film won’t be another reboot, but rather a continuation of the saga. Read More >>

Google Deletes Over 500 Apps With Terrible Ads from the Play Store

Google would like you to know that it DOES NOT APPRECIATE apps with "disruptive" ads that either try to sell you stuff while you're not actually using the app, or fool you into tapping on ads you didn't intend to. Read More >>

Many Plastics Aren’t Actually Recyclable, A New Report Shows

Companies say that a lot of single-use plastic items are recyclable: cups, trays, lids, cutlery, straws, stirrers. But it turns out those claims are misleading. Read More >>

Swiss Court Finds That Clicking ‘Like’ to Spread Hateful or Defamatory Content May Be a Crime

Mashing the Facebook share or like buttons on defamatory content as well as anti-Semitic propaganda or other far-right drivel could amount to a crime in Switzerland as a result of a ruling in Swiss Federal Court this week. Read More >>

Walsall Council Paid Staff to Play with Lego

We've never had any particular desire to move to Walsall in the West Midlands, but after hearing about their latest training programme for local councillors, we're ready to pack up and go. Read More >>

EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

It wasn’t too long ago that Google announced it had plunked down $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. While the news was welcomed by some, many others raised the question of what would happen with all that health data Fitbit had collected. You can count the European Data Protection Board among the latter. At its 18th plenary session, the advisory board released a statement expressing concern that the acquisition represents a major privacy risk. Read More >>

There’s Now a Coronavirus Mask That Works with Face ID

The demand for protective face masks has soared since COVID-19, aka the new coronavirus, started hitting the news. So much so, in fact, that dentists can't get hold of the ones they need to do their jobs. Read More >>