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Why did the Neanderthals die out?

A major conference in London this week will reveal the results of five years’ research on why Homo sapiens emerged triumphant in the survival battle of the humans The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including…

What’s efficiency got to do with capitalism? Nothing.

For all its vaunted efficiency, capitalism has foisted wasteful inequality and environmental ruin on us. There is an alternative What’s efficiency got to do with capitalism? The short answer is little or nothing. Economic and social collapses in Detroit, Cleveland and many other US cities did not happen because production…

Europe and Russia ink deal on double mission to Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) said it signed a deal on Thursday with its Russian counterpart to launch two unmanned missions to Mars, a quest that was rocked by a US pullout last year. Called ExoMars, the scheme entails sending an orbital probe to the Red Planet in January 2016…

Garbage piles up at Madrid airport as cleaning staff strikes

Garbage piled up at Madrid’s Barajas airport, one of Europe’s busiest, on Monday due to a strike by cleaning staff over salary cuts and job losses. Papers, empty plastic bottles and drinks cans littered the floor of the airport, Europe’s fourth-busiest by passenger numbers, with 45 million passengers last year.…

Cameron claims Britain isn’t turning its back on Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain was not turning its back on Europe, after angering his EU partners by announcing plans for a referendum on membership. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Cameron said: “This is not about turning our backs on Europe — quite the…

Bat-killer fungus likely came from Europe: study

WASHINGTON — A deadly fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in North America is likely caused by a pathogen that came from Europe, international researchers said on Monday. White-nose syndrome (WNS), caused by a pathogen Geomyces destructans, was first observed to be killing bats in a cave in…

Dutch company hopes to change the world with first commercial ‘flying car’

A Dutch company said this weekend that it had conducted its first successful test of their “flying car” prototype that they hope to make available for consumers by sometime in 2014. The Personal Air and Land Vehicle — PAL-V, for short — is not a new concept: its European creators…

IMF chief cautiously upbeat on global economy

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said measures taken to fight financial woes in Europe and the United States were starting to pay off, in a cautiously upbeat assessment of the global economy. Lagarde was in Beijing for a two-day trip to attend a forum on China’s development and hold meetings with…

EU considers quotas for women directors

The EU warned Monday it is ready to legislate to get more women into boardrooms, after just 24 out of the European Union’s estimated 20 million businesses signed up to a voluntary initiative. “Personally, I am not a great fan of quotas. However, I like the results they bring,” European…

U.S. stocks tumble as high oil price weighs

NEW YORK — US stocks sank Monday as traders worried about the high price of oil and after the Group of 20 major economies snubbed Europe’s call for more aid to fight the eurozone debt crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 54.00 points (0.42 percent) to 12,928.95 in…

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