Multidisciplinary study reveals big story of cultural migration (w/ Video)
Quantifying and transforming the history of culture into visual representation isn't easy. There are thousands of individual stories across millennia to consider, and some historical conditions are nearly ...
On genetic treasure island, voles show DNA antiquity
(Phys.org) —With its snubby, blunt nose, small, furry ears and short tail, the Orkney Islands vole may not seem significant, but it harbors genetic secrets that can help shed light on novel evolutionary ...
Culture counts in making Chinese maths-smart
Chinese Australians consistently outperform their peers in mathematics and according to QUT researcher Michael Mu this is not only because of pushy parents or motivated students.
Study shows cultural flow may be slower than genetic divergence
Colorful wall hangings can contain toxic substances
Traditional Swedish bonad paintings can contain toxic substances such as arsenic, reveals new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in which painting conservator and conservation scientist Ingalill Nyström ...
Today's fear and loathing of fat bodies rooted in ancient Western civilization
Our modern love-hate relationship with fat dates to antiquity, says a University of Kansas researcher who writes about the cultural history of fat in Western civilization.
Beanballs and the psychology of revenge: Study examines 'blood feud' exception to American norms
This week, as tens of millions of Americans awaited the baseball season's first pitches, Brown University psychologist Fiery Cushman was watching more warily for the first beanballs. As someone who studies moral judgment, ...
Culture not genes drives humans forward
Evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading Professor Mark Pagel argues that our cultural influences are more important to our success as a species than our genes in his new book published this week.
Interactions between classical, African and Middle Eastern cultures explored
Academics from the Universities of Oxford and Warwick have shed new light on the history of interactions between the classical world, Africa and the Middle East.
The humanities in America -- an endangered species?
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a world that is becoming more fast-paced and technological, the humanities are under fire to defend their time-honored centrality in Western culture and education. In the world of iPhone ...
Ancestors of African Pygmies and neighboring farmers separated around 60,000 years ago
All African Pygmies, inhabiting a large territory extending west-to-east along Central Africa, descend from a unique population who lived around 20,000 years ago, according to an international study led by researchers at ...