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A rendering of Neanderthals cooking vegetables. The ancient humans inhabited Europe and western Asia between 230,000 and 29,000 years ago.

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Neanderthals clubbed their way to the top of an ancient food chain, slaying caribou and mammoths. But a peek inside their prehistoric poop reveals that the meat-loving early humans may have also enjoyed some salad on the side.

Researchers excavating a site in southern Spain where Neanderthals lived 50,000 years ago were initially looking for remnants of food in fireplaces. Then they stumbled upon tiny bits of poop – which turned out to be the oldest fecal matter from a human relation ever discovered.

Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified.

One in six adults binge drink, and that plays a role in most alcohol-related deaths.

Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working Adults

Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working adults, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Workers prepare to distribute food Wednesday to civilians fleeing a Pakistan military operation against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. Close to a half-million residents have fled their homes in recent days.

In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus

The people of Pakistan are all too familiar with the tidal waves of humanity that can roll across the landscape with the outbreak of war.

Living in their midst are some 1.6 million Afghan refugees who, over the last 35 years, moved eastward to escape the violence that periodically engulfs their own unstable country.

Now Pakistan is soaking up another human tsunami, this time from the North Waziristan tribal area, an oblong of land slightly larger than Rhode Island, set amid the forests and mountains along its turbulent north-west frontier.

What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

OK, I'm doing great science experiments. We've done sex (see previous post). On to lunch!

This is the story of a bird, a puzzle, and a painting. The painting, curiously, helped solve the puzzle, which is: How do vultures find food?

Business Owners Have 'A Special Challenge' To Help Working Families

Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'

Political Chat: Primary Results, Boehner's Obama Lawsuit

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker looks to the stage during "A Century of Service" honoring him and Sen. Bob Dole at Mellon Auditorium, Wednesday, in March 2012. Baker's death was announced on Thursday.

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88

Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88, his law firm said Tuesday.

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