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Clear Eye on the Cave Guy

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over 4 years ago

About 50,000 years ago, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Spain, somebody (or bodies) was keeping carefully ground-up pigments--red, yellow, orange and shiny black--in neatly pierced seashells. That's evidence, says this paper, that these people wore cosmetics, which means it's evidence of ...

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Time to Help the Neighbors

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over 4 years ago

Ron Bluntschli, an American who works with Haitian farmers through the organization Beyond Borders, told me this story years ago: "When I lived in the country there was a family near us that was very, very poor. They might not start their fire for three days, which meant they didn’t eat for three ...

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Stressed Doctors Are Impersonal Doctors

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over 4 years ago

A new study finds doctors who are stressed and tired treat their patients more mechanistically--prescribing pills, tests and other technical fixes instead of taking the time to see people as people. I guess this won't surprise parents, teachers, cops or other people who deal with the public, but I ...