Archaeology’s establishment hasn’t always looked kindly on Lee Berger. Then he found a cave full of bones, including Homo naledi. NOVA Next contributor Bobby Bascomb penned this profile of Lee Berger.
In other news:
- Scientist? Artist. Pirate! Who is Joe Davis?
- A new fusion milestone lasted just five milliseconds.
- Physicists are entangling bigger and bigger objects. Not just single particles, but collections of thousands of atoms.
- If you’ve ever bathed in the sun on a tropical white sand beach, you were probably lying in mounds of fish poo.
- Archaeologists have discovered a massive “Superhenge” five times larger than Stonehenge.
- The discovery of Homo naledi fossils in South Africa have reignited the debate over the birthplace of humankind.
What We’re Reading
- A “fake traffic noise” experiment drives one-third of local birds away. [The Atlantic]
- Students who watched a sad video clip could not identify blue-yellow colors as accurately as students who watched a neutral screen saver. [NPR]
- “There are things that I can do that other people can’t,” says Becca Peixotto. “I might not be able to reach the things on the top shelf at the grocery store, but I can sure go in a cave and find some fossils for you.” [PRI’s The World]
- What does science literacy really mean? [Wired]