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Robert E Ornstein

Robert E Ornstein, PhD, an internationally renowned psychologist and author of more than 20 books on the brain, mind, and health, died on December 20, 2018. He was 76.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, NY and winner of two city-wide high school math competitions, he traded math and physics for a distinguished career as a psychologist and brain scientist. He received his PhD in psychology from Stanford (1968) where his doctoral thesis won the American Institutes for Research Creative Talent Award. But no single discipline could restrain his inquiring and creative mind as he fearlessly explored anthropology, brain science, religious studies, genetics, medical science, and much more. Read more…

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Genome Sequencing Adds 5 New Neanderthals to the Human Family Tree

Sarah Sloat, Inverse

March 22, 2018
Now that later Neanderthal genes have been sequenced, scientists can identify between 10 – 20% more Neanderthal DNA in people living today compared with previously sequenced Neanderthal genomes.

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U.S. Income Inequality Hits a Disturbing New Threshold

Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

March 1, 2018
U.S. wage growth remains slow and uneven, with African-Americans and women still at a clear disadvantage while the wealthiest are accumulating more money than ever, a new analysis of census data shows.

Greenland’s Ice Loss Septupled

Chris Mooney, Washington Post

December 10, 2019

Origin of Modern Humans ‘Traced to Botswana’

Helen Briggs, BBC

October 28, 2019

The Other Segregation

Whitney Pirtle, The Atlantic

April 23, 2019

The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries

Maddie Stone, Earther

April 17, 2019

How Schools are Responding to Migrant Children

Kavitha Cardoza, Education Week

April 9, 2019

The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says

Karen Weintraub, Scientific American

March 25, 2019

Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Somini Sengupta and Alexander Villegas, New York Times

March 12, 2019

Archaeology Places Humans in Australia 120,000-Years-Ago

Bruce Fenton, Ancient News

March 11, 2019

The Kids (Who Use Tech) Seem to Be All Right

Lydia Denworth, Scientific American

January 15, 2019

Why 2018 Was the Best Year in Human History!

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

January 5, 2019

Ten Humanitarian Crises and Trends to Watch in 2019

The New Humanitarian

January 2, 2019

Finding The First Horse Tamers

Michael Price, Science

May 11, 2018

How Horse-Riding in Eurasia Advantaged Huns, Mongols over Farmers

Mariette Le Roux, Informed Comment

May 10, 2018

Watch: Seaweed Farming and its Surprising Benefits

Lesley Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes

April 29, 2018

Searching for a Stone Age Odysseus

Andrew Lawler, Science

April 27, 2018

Human Milk May Solve Ice Age Evolutionary Mystery

Leslea Hlusko, RealClear Science

April 27, 2018

How Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save the Planet

Henry Fountain, New York Times

April 26, 2018

Watch: New Chicago Schools Chief Faces Challenges Despite Major Strides

Kavitha Cardoza, Education Week: PBS News Hour

April 17, 2018

More than Half Your Body is Not Human

James Gallagher, BBC

April 10, 2018

A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

Carl Zimmer, New York Times

March 29, 2018

Study: Wind and Solar can Power Most of the United States

John Abraham, The Guardian

March 26, 2018

A Cultural Leap at the Dawn of Humanity

Ed Yong, The Atlantic

March 15, 2018

New Evidence Fuels Debate over the Origin of Modern Languages

Roni Jacobson, Scientific American

March 1, 2018

Giant Handaxes Suggest that Different Groups of Early Humans Coexisted in Ancient Europe

Martina Demuro, Lee Arnold, Mathieu Duval, The Conversation

February 22, 2018

Stone Tools from India Fan Debate over Origins of Cultural Complexity

Kate Wong, Scientific American

February 16, 2018

China Unveils an Ambitious Plan to Curb Climate Change Emissions

Keith Bradsher & Lisa Friedman, New York Times

December 19, 2017

U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness

Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times

January 17, 2018

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

January 6, 2018

Estonia, The Digital Republic

Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

December 18, 2017

How Young Women in Delhi are Fighting Street Harassment

Alia Dharssi, Aljazeera

December 12, 2017

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

Michael R. Bloomberg & Jerry Brown, New York Times

November 14, 2017

World Energy Outlook 2017

International Energy Agency

November 14, 2017

The Uninhabitable Village

Geeta Anand & Vikram Singh, New York Times

October 27, 2017

Energy Efficiency 2017

International Energy Agency

October 5, 2017

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