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In the latest version: Cold climate helped to do in the Neanderthals

From ScienceDaily: A team of researchers from a number of European and American research institutions, including Northumbria University, Newcastle, have produced detailed new natural records from stalagmites that highlight changes in the European climate more than 40,000 years ago. They found several cold periods that coincide with the timings of a near complete absence of archaeological artefacts from the Neanderthals, suggesting the impact that changes in climate had on the long-term survival of Neanderthal man. … “For many years we have wondered what could have caused their demise. Were they pushed ‘over the edge’ by the arrival of modern humans, or were other factors involved? Our study suggests that climate change may have had an important role in the Neanderthal Read More ›

The Federalist’s take on the Pope, climate change

(This begins and ends the formal religion news coverage for the day. Maybe the new atheists went to relationship counselling?) Closing off our religion coverage for the day, from Maureen Malarkey at The Federalist: A Short List of What’s Wrong with ‘Laudato Si’ … There is nothing to admire in its assault on market economies, technological progress, and—worse—on rationality itself. Bergolio, whom we know now as Pope Francis, is a limited man. His grasp of economics is straitjacketed by the Peronist culture in which he was raised. “Laudato Si” descends to garish, left-wing boilerplate. The pope is neither a public intellectual, theologian, nor a man of science. Yet he impersonates all three. At least he wasn’t lauding Darwinism, mindless evolution, Read More ›