These Skulls From Ancient Humans Might Provide Clues About Early Mating Practices

On an archeological dig, finding remains from ancient, early humans is always somewhat surprising. Yet that initial thrill gets a serious boost when researchers unearth the smallest fossil found thus far from a particular species.

That’s exactly what happened when archeologists recently discovered the smallest known Homo erectus cranium in Africa. And the skull, recovered in Ethiopia, sat a few miles from where they also found a similar, larger skull with slightly sturdier features, according to a report published this week in Science Advances. Archaeologists working on this project think these two skulls both came from the same kind

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How Much Sugar Is In Kids’ Cereal? It’s Hard To Tell

We’ve all seen (or been) the parent reluctantly tipping their child’s cereal choice into the shopping cart. In theory, the food industry assuages at least some of a parent’s guilt: They self-regulate how much sugar is allowed in cereals marketed to children.

But according to new research, even the most educated shoppers might have a hard time figuring out just how much sugar is in their kids’ cereal. Though companies might set their own limits, they often don’t market the truly low-sugar cereal options to children with fun characters and entertaining boxes. 

Published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and

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Businesses forced to rely on video conferencing

In January, life sciences technology vendor Veeva held a new year kickoff for its North American employees in Orlando, Fla. A few weeks later, the company held a similar event for its Asia-based employees — except instead of everyone meeting in Tokyo as planned, the coronavirus outbreak forced workers to dial into Zoom.

The differences between the two events were stark.

The would-be Tokyo attendees sat alone on their computers. In Orlando, colleagues shared meals and dance floors. They visited an amusement park one evening. And by gathering more than 1,000 people in the same place, the company generated a

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Scientists monitored brains replaying memories in real time

In a study of epilepsy patients, researchers at the National Institutes of Health monitored the electrical activity of thousands of individual brain cells, called neurons, as patients took memory tests. They found that the firing patterns of the cells that occurred when patients learned a word pair were replayed fractions of a second before they successfully remembered the pair. The study was part of an NIH Clinical Center trial for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy whose seizures cannot be controlled with drugs.

“Memory plays a crucial role in our lives. Just as musical notes are recorded as grooves on a record,

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VMware Partner Connect offers flexibility, new tiers

VMware has rolled out a revamped channel program that offers partners greater freedom to select competencies and rewards partners that deliver services on the company’s full technology stack.

The VMware Partner Connect initiative represents a “complete [overhaul] of our partner program,” said Jenni Flinders, VMware’s global channel chief. She said the program maps to the company’s strategic priorities and gives partners a “clear and easy path to define how they want to maximize opportunities with VMware.”

The new partner program has been in the works for about 18 months. VMware has periodically updated partners on its progress. Richard Steeves, senior

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