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Prehistoric Children with Down Syndrome Were Valued, Burials Show

Prehistoric Children with Down Syndrome Were Valued, Burials Show

We’ve all probably heard from one pundit or another that prehistoric humans discarded children with disabilities, just as animals might. Well, recently, researchers screened the DNA of 10,000 ancient humans (historic and prehistoric) for evidence of genetically detectible syndromes like Down sydrome. According to their report in Nature, “We find clear genetic evidence for six cases of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and one case of trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and all cases are present in infant or perinatal burials.” Clearly, people with significant genetic disorders could not expect a long life back then. But the researchers were surprised by the respect shown to the deceased children: “Notably, the care with which the burials were conducted, and the items found with these individuals indicate that ancient societies likely acknowledged these individuals with trisomy 18 and 21 as members of their communities, from the perspective of burial practice.” The five prehistoric burials were all located within settlements and in some cases accompanied by special items such as colored bead necklaces, bronze rings or sea-shells. “These burials seem …

The Ark of Covenant and Holy Grail could be hidden beneath this English house

The Ark of Covenant and Holy Grail could be hidden beneath this English house

The imposing landmark in Burton may be lying on caverns vast enough to contain Westminster Abbey, according to one geologist. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) In a stunning revelation, renowned historian and anthropologist David Adkins has embarked on a quest that may lead to the discovery of a legendary treasure, including the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, concealed beneath the historic Sinai Park House near Burton. David Adkins, known for his previous discovery of the 10,000-year-old skull “Greta,” believes that the lost treasures of the Knights Templar may be hidden within a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers beneath this imposing manor. Sinai Park House, a majestic landmark in Burton, is believed to rest upon caverns of such vastness that they could potentially rival the size of Westminster Abbey, as asserted by a geologist. This revelation has piqued the interest of both historians and treasure hunters alike, as they contemplate the implications of such a discovery. David Adkins, who has diligently researched the connections between this Midlands property and the Knights Templar, an elite group …

These common sleep habits could lead to developing dementia, study finds

These common sleep habits could lead to developing dementia, study finds

How long people sleep and when they go to bed could influence their risk of dementia. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) According to a new study, how long people sleep and when they go to bed could influence their risk of dementia. Researchers from China, Sweden, and the United Kingdom found that sleep for more than eight hours increased dementia risk by 69%, while sleeping before 9 p.m. rather than 10 p.m. or later, increased dementia risk by two times. Furthermore, the study found that “cognitive function should be monitored in older adults who report prolonged time in bed and advanced sleep timing, especially in older males aged 60 to 74.” Research in the future “may clarify whether moderately reducing [time in bed] and delaying sleep timing can help slow down cognitive decline and delay dementia onset in older adults,” wrote Dr. Rui Liu, the lead author of the study, from Shandong University’s Shandong Provincial Hospital in Jinan, China. A total of 97 participants were diagnosed with dementia during an average follow-up period of 3.7 years out …

Poor and happy: The societies that defy life satisfaction trends

Poor and happy: The societies that defy life satisfaction trends

The Melanesian people living in the Roviana and Gizo regions of the Solomon Islands are some of the poorest in the world. They live a subsistence lifestyle, fulfilling their needs by fishing and farming. Occasionally, they sell their goods at the local marketplace to buy processed foods or pay their children’s school tuition fees. The luxuries of modern life — smartphones, the internet, TV, memory-foam mattresses — are hard to find. But despite this materially simple existence, the Melanesians express higher life satisfaction than residents of Finland and Denmark, who regularly make headlines as the happiest in the world. One of the most robust findings in happiness research is the link between income, wealth, and life satisfaction. The more money someone has, the more satisfied they tend to be. The richer a country, the happier its citizens. But as scientists are now learning, some buck this broad trend. People — often indigenous — who live in small, isolated communities tend to be as satisfied with their lives as people living in the wealthiest countries. Finding …

4 Zodiac Signs Most Affected By The Full Moon In Virgo On February 24, 2024

4 Zodiac Signs Most Affected By The Full Moon In Virgo On February 24, 2024

On February 24th, the full moon will be in the sign of Virgo. Because of the moon’s opposition to Saturn, this transit may feel heavy and emotional, but it’s a good time to heal and not focus so much on imperfections. The energy now can feel like a test, especially with Pluto in Aquarius forcing us to evolve. 4 zodiac signs most affected by the full moon in Virgo on February 24, 2024 Mutable signs are going to feel the transit the strongest since this is occurring in the angular parts of their charts. The moon is pushing these signs to focus on success and to continue to build — there is no room for self-criticism if you want to win. Learn from your lessons and continue to thrive. 1. Virgo Missed opportunities are a thing of the past since this transit brings you new methods to get closer to your dreams. The full moon in your sign does not want you to look back. Instead, you should stay focused and in the present. Close those old …

Master your anxiety to unleash your genius, with Jesse Eisenberg

Master your anxiety to unleash your genius, with Jesse Eisenberg

In a candid exploration of the forces that drive creativity and success, Jesse Eisenberg delves into the paradoxes of the creative process and leadership.  With striking honesty, Eisenberg reveals how anxiety, self-doubt, and fear have been unlikely catalysts in his multifaceted career as an actor, writer, and director. Beyond the glare of Hollywood, he shares personal anecdotes that shed light on the complexities of navigating public perception, criticism, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.  Eisenberg’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of reframing vulnerability as a source of strength, offering profound insights into the art of leadership. Through a lens of empathy and humility, he challenges conventional notions of authority, showcasing how leading with a quiet confidence can inspire innovation and collaboration.  This dialogue invites a deeper understanding of how emotional intelligence and a willingness to embrace the unknown are pivotal in cultivating a culture of creativity and resilience in any field. JESSE EISENBERG: When I think about like the kind of motivating factors for me, you know, it’s effort and you know, …

The manager’s playbook for fielding a high-impact team

The manager’s playbook for fielding a high-impact team

Subscribe for a weekly email Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. In the 1990s, the Chicago Bulls forged a dynasty. Led by coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls won six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998. The superstar of the Bulls lineup was, of course, Michael Jordan. To this day, Jordan holds the record for career regular season and playoff scoring averages and is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time. (Though, LeBron James fans can certainly argue that last point.) But it wasn’t only Jordan’s dynasty. Jackson led an entire team of impactful players who contributed to the Bulls’s prowess. There was Scottie Pippen, another all-time great. Dennis Rodman improved the team’s defense, while players such as John Paxson, Horace Grant, and Bill Cartwright all contributed important plays in clutch moments. “The workplace has impact players as well,” Liz Wiseman, executive advisor and author of Impact Players, tells Big Think+ in an interview. “[These are] the people we turn to in the high-stakes situation. The people we hand the ball to in …

A trainer reveals how to train like Jessica Alba to build core stability and strengthen your upper body

A trainer reveals how to train like Jessica Alba to build core stability and strengthen your upper body

Jessica Alba is no stranger to training hard, recently giving Instagram fans a sneak peek into her fully-stocked home gym by sharing one of the rigorous workouts.  But most of us (celebs aside) don’t have a gym’s worth of equipment in our house. So I set Trainer Academy expert Domenic Angelino a challenge: Design an Alba-inspired dumbbell workout for Fit&Well readers to try at home.  Like Alba’s session, his workout focuses on strengthening your shoulders and back, but it uses minimal equipment. It also includes plenty of core stability work, which Angelino says is a consistent feature of the Fantastic Four star’s training.  The Jessica Alba workout 1. Warm-up (Image credit: Getty / Vgajic) Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk. This can be done on a treadmill or outside. Immediately after the walk, run at a slow, comfortable pace for two-and-a-half minutes.  You may also want to take a look at some of the dynamic stretches in our warm-up feature to prime your muscles for the moves ahead.   2. Dumbbell Pendlay row …

How to transcribe voice memos into text

How to transcribe voice memos into text

Voice notes can be a handy way of recording ideas and reminders while on the go. But in audio form, they have limitations: You can’t easily search through them, and you can’t quickly check them when you need to be quiet (in the library, for example, or next to a sleeping partner). This is where transcribing comes in, enabling you to have both the voice recording and the written text available. It’s useful not just for recording your own musings but also for interviews, meetings, and other scenarios when typing is burdensome. You’ve got plenty of apps to choose from for the job, and you don’t necessarily have to pay for the privilege either. We’ve rounded up the best voice note transcription tools that we’ve come across, along with the features you need to know, and how you can get started. Google Keep (Android, iOS, web) Google Keep transcribes your voice notes as you’re talking. Screenshot: Google Google’s note-taking app does a fine job of recording your voice memos and attaching the text at the …

Coffee drinking linked to heart disease, Parkinson’s and cancer, study finds

Coffee drinking linked to heart disease, Parkinson’s and cancer, study finds

A common and widely used chemical may be fueling the rise of the world’s fastest growing brain condition – Parkinson’s disease. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical commonly used for decaffeinating coffee, degreasing metal, and dry cleaning clothes, is believed to be contributing to the rise of Parkinson’s disease, the world’s fastest-growing brain condition. TCE is a pervasive contaminant, present in several sites including the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, 15 toxic Superfund sites in Silicon Valley, and up to one-third of groundwater in the U.S. TCE is known to cause cancer, linked to miscarriages and congenital heart disease, and has been associated with a 500 percent increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The paper provides details about the widespread use of TCE, the evidence linking the chemical to Parkinson’s disease, and profiles seven individuals who developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to the chemical in their work or the environment. A ubiquitous and widespread industrial pollutant TCE, a solvent widely used in industrial, consumer, military, and medical applications, was used for various purposes such …