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Farming encouraged cooperation and violence among early humans

Farming encouraged cooperation and violence among early humans

Science
March 4 (UPI) -- As hunter-gatherers settled down and took to farming the land, groups of people began gathering in larger numbers and cooperating. But new research suggests the adoption of agriculture encouraged violence between humans populations, too. "We were interested in understanding why people would make the shift from hunting and gathering to farming," Elic Weitzel, doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Connecticut, said in a news release. "Then I started to get interested in what happened in society after they made that shift and started farming on a larger scale." Weitzel and his colleagues used "ideal free distribution" to simulate the distribution of farmers in in eastern North America between 7,500 and 5,000 years ago, as well as to locate the most coveted l...
Poverty, lack of social mobility, government distrust contribute to U.S. gun violence

Poverty, lack of social mobility, government distrust contribute to U.S. gun violence

Health
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Shooting incidents in the United States are often described as random acts of violence. However, a study published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine suggests otherwise, as the authors report that gun homicide rates are higher in areas in which poverty is high and the chances of working one's way up the socioeconomic ladder are low. "In disadvantaged communities, a lack of trust in institutions, such as police, to treat residents with respect may further lead residents to believe that the formal apparatus of social control is unjust, resulting in a greater willingness to take the law into their own hands," the author, Daniel Kim, an associate professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, wrote in the study. The Centers for Disease Control and Preven
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist reveals she’s a ‘survivor of domestic violence’

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist reveals she’s a ‘survivor of domestic violence’

Entertainment
Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist has revealed she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of a former partner.The 31-year-old star of the CBS series, who is also a passionate domestic violence campaigner, shared a video on Instagram on Wednesday with the caption, "Life Isn't Always What It Seems". Benoist did not identify her abuser in the emotional clip, but revealed she is a "survivor of domestic violence". The actress, who married her Supergirl co-star Chris Wood in September, said of her former abusive partner: "He was a magnanimous person, who didn't really give you a choice not to be drawn to him."He could be charming, funny, manipulative, devious. He was younger than me, his maturity obvious. Advertisement ...
China’s ambassador blames protesters for Hong Kong violence

China’s ambassador blames protesters for Hong Kong violence

World
By Sharon Marris, news reporter China's ambassador to the UK has blamed protesters in Hong Kong for the violence that saw one of them shot by a police officer.Police in Hong Kong have been criticised for how they have handled the protests but Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK since 2009, told Sky News that the fault lay with the protesters. He told Sky's Dermot Murnaghan: "We strongly condemn the violence of rioters."This violence has been going on for several months - they challenge the bottom line of one country two systems, they challenge the rule of law in the country."Two people are in a critical condition in hospital and 51 others were injured as demonstrations turned violent in the semi-autonomous territory on Tuesday. ...
Hong Kong protests: Armed mob violence leaves city in shock

Hong Kong protests: Armed mob violence leaves city in shock

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Hong Kong has been left in shock after a night of violence on Sunday, which saw dozens of masked men storm a train station.The men - dressed in white shirts and suspected to be triad gangsters - assaulted pro-democracy protesters and passers-by in the Yuen Long area.This is the first time this kind of violence has been seen in the ongoing anti-extradition demonstrations. Several lawmakers questioned why police were slow to arrive at the scene. Footage posted on social media showed dozens of men attacking people with wooden rods and metal sticks inside the station.Forty-five people were injured, with one person in critical condition. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carri...