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Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees.Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds.Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center says. There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings i...
Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Science
July 6 (UPI) -- After analyzing ancient DNA samples, scientists now have a bit more clarity on how early humans first arrived in Southeast Asia. For decades, scientists have disagreed on how Southeast Asia was first populated. Some researchers believed an indigenous group of hunter-gatherers, called the Hòabìnhian, developed agricultural practices on their own, some 44,000 years ago. Others argued the hunter gatherers were replaced by rice growers who migrated from what's now China. Now, an analysis of 26 ancient DNA samples, collected from human remains in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Japan, suggests both groups are mistaken. Some of tested DNA fragments were dated to 8,000 years ago. Until now, the oldest tested samples were 4,000 year...