Speaking of Science: Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree

Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree; Baby Louie, an infant dinosaur with a checkered past, finally gets a proper name; Here’s how the world could end with or without humanity’s help; A scientist explains how to take pictures on Mars; Time is running out to determine if China holds the world’s oldest animal fossils; Stephen Hawking just moved up humanity’s deadline for escaping Earth; Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in the national parks; Unchecked fake news gave rise to an evil empire in Star Wars;
 
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Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree
Homo naledi lived as recently as 236,000 years ago and could have crossed paths with the direct ancestors of modern humans, scientists say.
Baby Louie, an infant dinosaur with a checkered past, finally gets a proper name
Beibeilong sinensis, meaning Chinese baby dragon, finally went home and researchers could complete their work.
 
Here’s how the world could end with or without humanity’s help
Supervolcano eruptions, asteroid strikes. Even if humans were better caretakers of our planet, there are plenty of ways Earth might become uninhabitable without our help.
 
A scientist explains how to take pictures on Mars
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment has taken 50,000 photographs of Mars and its ever-changing surface, thousands of which were commissioned by curious members of the public.
 
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Time is running out to determine if China holds the world’s oldest animal fossils
A massive mining operation threatens the future of mysterious 600-million-year-old fossils.
 
Stephen Hawking just moved up humanity’s deadline for escaping Earth
Your future grandchildren are not going to like this genius’s prediction for our future on this planet
 
Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in the national parks
Background sound levels at more than half of U.S. protected areas are doubled because of human noise pollution, scientists say.
 
Unchecked fake news gave rise to an evil empire in Star Wars
In the Star Wars galaxy, propaganda reigns. Facts quickly turn into myth. And nobody asks elected officials any pointed questions.
 
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