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January 4, 2018

11,500-Year-Old Infant’s DNA Reveals New Surprises About How North America Was Populated

Thanks to the ancient DNA of a six-week-old infant, scientists have a whole new understanding of how—and who—populated North America. In an article published in Nature, researchers revealed surprising new information, which has spawned different theories about how the New World was populated. In fact, they've named a whole new population of previously unknown people—the Ancient Beringians.

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December 12, 2017

Scholars Create Precise Rendition of What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like

So far, researchers have managed to learn a lot about ancient Greek culture by interpreting the surviving fragments of age-old pot decorations, mosaics, paintings, and statues. From these discoveries we’ve been able to learn that music played an integral part in the lifestyle of ancient Greece. Artwork dating from around 750 to 400 BC often details scenes of music being played at social occasions, such as parties and funerals.

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November 15, 2017

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes ‘Yes’ for Same-Sex Marriage

Embed from Getty Images Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians—61.6% of its voting population—support same-sex marriage and its legalization. The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality.

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November 6, 2017

Future Prediction Illustrations of the Year 2000 Created by People From 1900

Not just a funny sketch from the Conan O'Brien show, In the Year 2000 was also a clever marketing campaign by German chocolate brand Hildebrand's. Just in time for the turn of the 20th century, the chocolatier commissioned 12 postcards predicting what life would be like 100 years in the future. Starting in January 1900, they placed a card in each box of chocolate with a fantastical prediction of what the future would hold.

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