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Study show Humans (Africans) bred with other species besides Neanderthals and Denisovans

Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 16, 2018 at 7:26 am | UPDATED: March 16, 2018 at 7:38 am By Ben Guarino | The Washington Post We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild tangles of hair, and Hollywood reduces them to grunting unsophisticates. Their skulls suggest broad faces, tiny chins and jutting brows. But to mock Neanderthals is to mock ourselves: Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia. DNA from another humanlike primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too. A molar and a chip of pinkie bone found in a Siberian cave provide what little information we have about this species. DNA extracted from the fragments previously revealed cross-species breeding. Yet a new study in the journal Cell shows that the ancient hanky-panky did not stop in Siberia: Humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a separate group of Denisovans as well. “This is a breakthrough paper,” said David Reich, who studies ancient DNA at Harvard University and was not involved with the study. “It’s a definite third interbreeding event,” one that adds to the previously known Denisovan and Neanderthal mixtures. Humans and Neanderthals divided into separate groups as far back as 765,000 years ago. Denisovans and Neanderthals were closer cousins who split more recently and then vanished – perhaps because we absorbed their lineages. A team of scientists, led... read more

Black Panther shows no one has more culture and tradition than Africa

  ta Nyong’o, and Florence Kasumba (Photo: Marvel Studios) reprint from Yahoo   Oscar-nominated designer Ruth Carter takes us on a guided tour of her exquisite fashions and explains their authentic African origins. Even before Black Panther premiered in theaters, costume designer Ruth Carter saw her Instagram feed blowing up with fans emulating the film’s style. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Director Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking film is easily the best-looking Marvel movie to date, in large part because of Carter’s dazzling vision of fashion in Wakanda. Carter’s prestigious résumé includes Oscar-nominated designs for Malcolm X and Amistad, along with costumes for beloved films like Selma, Serenity, and Love & Basketball. But Black Panther presented a unique challenge: creating the look of an African society that was both untouched by Western influences and more technologically advanced than any nation in the world. As Carter told Yahoo Entertainment, she turned to ancient African tribal designs for her inspiration, then remixed those elements to create a futuristic, cutting-edge fashion aesthetic that, not incidentally, makes everyone in the movie look fabulous. It’s no wonder the film is already showing its influence on the fashion world. Carter spoke to Yahoo about creating the film’s many distinct tribal looks, her source for the royal family’s stunning jewelry, the inspiration behind Michael B. Jordan’s sexy Killmonger street look, and the secret superhero element she worked into Letitia Wright’s Shuri wardrobe. Yahoo Entertainment: The concept of Wakanda as an African nation that was never colonized by the Dutch or British is so powerful. How did that inform your design choices? Ruth Carter: I discovered so many things... read more

Cable cord cutters say they are happy with move

By Jon Lafayette   jlafayette AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreMore133 Cord cutters say they are saving an average of $115 per month, according to a new survey, which also found that within five years more than half of current cable customers doubt they’ll still subscribe to traditional pay TV. At a time when pay-TV subscribers are eroding, the poll, conducted by personal finance website LendEdu, indicates things may not be getting any easier for the traditional TV business. In the poll, 58% of cord-cutters said they cut the cord because their  TV cable subscription was too expensive, 21.2% said they used their cable subscription less because of streaming services and 11.8% said their cable subscription didn’t provide the content they wanted. The survey puts the average cost of traditional pay TV services at $116.93 per month. A smaller number of cord cutters, 4%, said the resented the “greed” of cable companies. The vast majority of cord cutters, 71.6% said they used streaming services before dropping cable. The average cord cutter in the survey had 2.77 streaming subscriptions before cancelling traditional pay TV. The cord cutters said they paid $33.74 per month on streaming before cutting the cord. After cutting the cord, they spent $35.33 on streaming services. On top of that, 34.4% of cord cutter said the also used online subscriptions that weren’t there’s and that they didn’t pay for. That password sharing was saving them about $51.38 per month. Of those subscribing to pay-TV, 79.8% said the subscribed to at least one streaming service. They subscribed to an average of 2.5% streaming services and... read more
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