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Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

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Natural History Isn’t Dead–It Just Crawled Into a Microscope

Natural history collections are consolidating. Lessons are being dropped from biology courses. But amid the apparent carnage, microbiology is rising.

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What Makes Normal People Commit War Crimes?

Delivery matters: Authorities give orders in a way that minimizes psychological impact for the soldiers who carry out these crimes.

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What’s Wrong With Women’s History Month?

We’re only recognizing women who have excelled at what are generally thought to be “masculine” pursuits.

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How Do Psychiatrists Treat Werewolves?

With psychotropic drug cocktails, of course.

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You Don’t Know Abraham Lincoln

What happens when you and a Lincoln expert stand next to the Lincoln Memorial and ask questions of visiting tourists?

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According to the U.S. Census, Jesus Was White

Unfortunately for Megyn Kelly, considering he died 2,000 years ago, that classification doesn’t make much sense.

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The History of a Year

An examination of the (many) books that are built around a specific 52-week period.

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Why Is Hanukkah So Closely Associated With Christmas?

It’s all about the Benjamins.

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What a Real War on Christmas Looks Like

A history lesson for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and other conservatives worried about “a secular clown posse” set on destroying Judeo-Christian traditions.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014