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World’s oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought

World’s oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought

Archeologists say they have found the world’s oldest string of yarn or cord, which our Neanderthal ancestors made by twisting together natural fibers. Researchers said the find is the earliest known evidence of textile and cord making and suggests that Stone Age Neanderthals were perhaps much smarter than we thought. “The idea that Neanderthals were…MORE

Goodbye, Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders made the unthinkable seem possible, briefly — that a democratic socialist could capture a major US party nomination. But in the the end, Democrats didn’t want his “revolution.” The Vermont senator, who folded his Democratic campaign Tuesday, built a vibrant progressive movement advocating the biggest role for the state since the 1960s, in…MORE

NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonauts launch to the space station during a pandemic

NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonauts launch to the space station during a pandemic

Two Russian cosmonauts, Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning at 4:05 a.m. ET. The planned launch comes at a time when many events have been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Travel restrictions prevented…MORE

Rail workers discover a 14th century cave while making repairs in England

Rail workers discover a 14th century cave while making repairs in England

Workers discovered a 14th century cave and drawings while doing construction on a railroad in Great Britain earlier this week, adding to the other historic finds they previously uncovered. The workers were repairing a landslip near Guildford in Surrey, England, when they discovered the cave, according to NetworkRail, which owns and runs Britain’s railway infrastructure.…MORE

April’s pink supermoon in pictures — from California to Krakow

April’s pink supermoon in pictures — from California to Krakow

The night sky put on a spectacular show around the globe on Tuesday evening as the “pink” April supermoon — the biggest and brightest of the year — was visible for millions. Supermoons occur when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth, making it appear brighter and bigger in the night sky than…MORE

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8

On the most tragic day yet of the pandemic in America, chaos and confusion roiled the White House. As coronavirus deaths topped 1,800 nationwide yesterday, President Donald Trump delivered a wild performance that did little to put minds at ease, Stephen Collinson writes. At an unchained news conference, Trump said he would freeze funding for…MORE

This Passover, the seders are virtual. The plague is real

This Passover, the seders are virtual. The plague is real

Each year, millions of Jews gather at Passover to remember their Hebrew forbears’ exodus from Egypt, where they escaped thanks to 10 divinely sent plagues. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, some of the parallels are hard to miss. “The plagues are a central part of the Seder experience,” says Rabbi Elana Friedman,…MORE

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When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…