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Why The Cradle Of Humankind Is One Of The Most Precious Fossil Sites In The World

South Africa is home to a magnificent World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind, which continues to yield fascinating and surprising stories of our origins and evolutionary history.  The First Adult “Ape-Man” Not exactly bestowed the catchiest or most memorable name, but TM 1511 was a huge deal. Discovered in 1936 by doctor and paleontologist Robert Broom, this was…

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Dwarf Galaxy Suddenly Produces Dazzling Star Clusters

It’s a cosmic fairytale story: A lowly dwarf galaxy, poor in matter and with no prospects of stardom, inexplicably begins producing a burst of dazzling star clusters. But how did this galaxy go from rags to riches in its isolated environment without the help of larger dust-rich galaxies? The answer seems to lie in previously unseen pockets…

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LISA Pathfinder: Ready For Space In Search Of Gravity Waves

There is a bubble of excitement around a tall beauty that’s ready to head into space, currently stationed in Germany. LISA Pathfinder, an instrument that will measure elusive gravitational waves, is the detector that is anticipated to probe the Universe like never before. The space detector is currently proposed to leave Earth this November. The featured image shows the…

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First Outbreak Of Poliovirus In Africa For A Year

On July 20, a 19-month-old boy was paralyzed in Guinea, West Africa, as a result of contracting poliovirus. He was then taken to Bamako, the capital of neighboring Mali, in search of treatment, where the outbreak of polio was confirmed. The virus he caught is a close match to that responsible for an outbreak in Guinea in August 2014, which indicates…

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Who Was The Taung Child?

It’s been called the most important anthropological fossil of the twentieth century, but it seems the significance of the Taung Child is often overshadowed by the more famous finds of Lucy, Little Foot or perhaps Mrs Ples. But it shouldn’t be. It all began in 1923 with a young British anatomist named Raymond Dart, who begrudgingly left…