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South African rock shelter artifacts show early humans colonized inland areas

South African rock shelter artifacts show early humans colonized inland areas

Science
March 31 (UPI) -- Archaeological evidence from a rock shelter in South Africa suggests early humans colonized a variety of environments, including inland settings, undermining theories linking the origins of our species to the coast. For generations, the rock shelter on Ga-Mohana Hill, positioned at the edge of South Africa's Kalahari Desert, has served as a spiritual site for local people. But until now, researchers weren't sure how long the shelter has been used by humans. Advertisement To find out, archaeologists excavated a collection of white calcite crystals and ostrich eggshell fragments, thought to be used as water vessels. Researchers detailed their excavation and analysis efforts in a new paper, published Wednesday in the journal Nature. "The crystals point towards spiritual or...
Game of Thrones stage show to bring Westeros to the West End and Broadway

Game of Thrones stage show to bring Westeros to the West End and Broadway

Entertainment
HBO/BSkyB/Kobal/ShutterstockGame of Thrones is coming to the stage, with a theatre adaptation likely to be a major attraction in the West End and on Broadway. The show will open in 2023 and depict a pivotal gathering a decade before the events in George RR Martin's novels and the hit TV series.Some of the best-known characters from the epic story will be involved.The show will be brought to life by the British pair of playwright Duncan MacMillan and director Dominic Cooke."The production will boast a story centred around love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, in the process revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now," a statement said.Getty ImagesThe stage show, set during a grand jousting tournament that helped set in motion the subsequent...
Study: Older adults with history of head injuries show decreased cognitive function

Study: Older adults with history of head injuries show decreased cognitive function

Health
March 11 (UPI) -- Adults who suffer head injuries in their 50s or younger produce lower-than-expected scores on cognitive tests at age 70, a study published Thursday by the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology found. Although head injuries do not appear to contribute to Alzheimer's disease-related brain damage, they may make people more vulnerable to dementia symptoms, the researchers said. Advertisement Seventy-year-olds who had experienced a serious head injury 15 or more years earlier on average scored 46 on 93-point cognitive tests for attention and quick thinking, lower than the 48 for those without a history of head injuries, the data showed. They also had 1% smaller brain volumes and differences in brain structure, which may explain the subtle cognitive differences compar...
Watch: Contestants compete for coronavirus vaccine on ‘SNL’ game show

Watch: Contestants compete for coronavirus vaccine on ‘SNL’ game show

Entertainment
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- This weekend's edition of Saturday Night Live opened with a faux game show called So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine. The sketch mocked how difficult it has been to get vaccinated for the coronavirus in recent weeks. Advertisement Kate McKinnon played infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, the show's host, while the panel of judges consisted of California's Governor Gavin Newsom (Alex Moffat), New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) and Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer (Cecily Strong). "Getting the vaccination shouldn't be a competition, but Americans will only want to get it if it means someone else can't," McKinnon as Fauci said. Contestants included a woman with herpes (Heidi Gardner), a young woman pretending to be elderly (Ego Nwodim), a man who ...
Wage growth at highest level since 2008 and payrolls show signs of recovery

Wage growth at highest level since 2008 and payrolls show signs of recovery

Business
Rates of pay growth are running at their highest level since 2008, according to official figures which also show "early signs" of stabilisation for payrolled employment despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported average weekly earnings were up by 4.7% on an annual basis during the three months to December. It suggests that many of those in work were being rewarded for their performances during the crisis as, when the effects of bonuses are stripped out, the rate of growth slows to 4.1%.Live COVID news from UK and around the world However, experts said they also reflected the fact that many of those to have lost work - stripping them from the wage figures - were more likely to have been in lower-paid jobs. ...