SCIENCE | EVOLUTION
Jennifer Viegas | Discovery
The skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 40,000-30,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, according to a paper in PLoS ONE. If further analysis proves the theory correct, the remains belonged to the first known such hybrid, providing direct evidence that humans and Neanderthals interbred. Prior genetic research determined the DNA of people with European and Asian ancestry is 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal. The present study focuses on the individual’s jaw, which was unearthed at a rock-shelter called Riparo di Mezzena in the Monti Lessini region of Italy.
. . . The researchers found that, although the hybridization between the two hominid species likely took place, the Neanderthals continued to uphold their own cultural traditions. That’s an intriguing clue, because it suggests that the two populations did not simply meet, mate and merge into a single group.
ECONOMICS | INTERNATIONAL
Paul Krugman | The Conscience of a Liberal | The New York Times
. . . once in a while I should just flatly state what I would do if given a chance.
So here it is: yes, Cyprus should leave the euro. Now.
The reason is straightforward: staying in the euro means an incredibly severe depression, which will last for many years while Cyprus tries to build a new export sector. Leaving the euro, and letting the new currency fall sharply, would greatly accelerate that rebuilding.
GUNS | TECHNOLOGY
Erin Lee Carr | Vice
Cody R Wilson has figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he’s putting all the information online so that others will join him.
This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up. Cody Wilson, a 25 year old University of Texas Law student, is an advocate for the open source production of firearms using 3D printing technology. This makes him a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue.
Brett Hamill | City Arts
A bona fide working comic is onstage, a “road dog” recently relocated here from the Midwest. I can’t hear the audience, but I can tell he’s doing well by the confident cadence of his voice. Good comedy sounds like it’s funny, even from a distance. A professional comic is a joke teller; an open mic comic is a joke asker. The transition from hesitant question to declarative statement can take years.
Becoming a comedian is a process of gradually diminishing public failure. Stand-up comedy is the only art form that requires rank beginners to perform in front of a live audience in order to advance their craft. Stage time is currency for the development of material, and open mics offer the only chance for a new comic to be in front of an audience. This is why more than 20 comics are patiently awaiting their turn.
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
“Blancanieves” deftly blends cinematic antiquarianism, period atmosphere and primal emotions. Set in Spain in the 1920s, it replaces the spooky northern European romanticism of the Brothers Grimm with a swooning, tragic sensibility native to (or perhaps stereotypically associated with) the Iberian Peninsula. The Snow White character, named Carmen, is the daughter of a bullfighter (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and a flamenco dancer (Inma Cuesta), and her story hums with jealousy, vanity and other volatile passions.