Around 250,000 years ago, two Neanderthal children were exposed to excessive levels of lead in what is now France, according to new research. It’s the oldest known case of lead exposure in hominin remains—a discovery that’s presenting an obvious question: How could this have possibly happened so long ago?
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With its endless parade of corporate shills, industry flacks, cronies, and quacks, it's become clear that there are no acts of pettiness too shabby -- or grifts too cheap -- for Donald Trump's administration. Still, a Sunday report in the New York Times alleging that the US threatened Ecuador and the World Health Organisation this spring over an international resolution to encourage breastfeeding at the behest of infant formula manufacturers is headache-inducing.
The emoji-powers-that-be at Unicode seem to have their finger on the pulse of the world's zeitgeist with the latest additions. Many symbols of social progress were approved to be added to the official emoji lineup yesterday and many handy signifiers of what-the-hell-just-happened were as well.