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Scientists have often associated larger brains with greater intelligence, but Homo naledi is challenging that notion. Research on the small-brained, human-like species suggests that "maybe brain size isn't all it's cracked up to be," says paleoanthropologist John Hawks, a leader of the research team that discovered a huge trove of fossilized bones belonging to the previously unknown hominin ancestor.
When election results take hours to trickle in, that slow pace represents the work that begins once the polls close. "It's a little like a worker at a retail establishment at the end of the day closing down the cash register and trying to make sure the drawer adds up to the amount that was charged during the day," political science professor Barry Burden tells Vox.
How does a history grad become an award-winning artisanal cheesemaker? In Mike Matucheski's case, the recipe calls for a love of tradition, a spirit of adventure and creativity, a respect for science and a move back to the family farm.
If you've ever thought there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, be grateful you weren't around 1.4 billion years ago. Back then, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours. That's in part because the moon was closer and changed the way the planet spun around its axis, geoscience professor Stephen Myers found.
Catalina Toma, associate professor of Communication Arts, in a BBC story on why Facebook will never die
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