This picture released on Wednesday by Eberhard Karls of the University of Tuebingen shows a reconstruction and computer model of part of a skull named Apidima 2, discovered in a Greek cave, that was determined in a study to have the characteristics of Neanderthal man. A 210,000-year-old skull has been identified as the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa, putting the clock back on mankind's arrival in Europe by more than 150,000 years, researchers said. — AFP Photo PARIS — A 210,000-year-old skull has been identified as the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa, putting the clock back on mankind's arrival in Europe by more than 150,000 years, researchers said on Wednesday. In a startling discovery that changes our understanding of how modern man populated Eurasia, the findings support the idea that Homo sapiens made several, sometimes unsuccessful migrations from Africa over tens of thousands of years. Southeast Europe has long been … [Read more...] about ‘Oldest remains’ outside Africa reset human migration clock
Resetting body clock
Nguyễn Tiểu Phương crosses the finish line of the Vnexpress Marathon last month. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Tiểu Phương By Thanh Nga With her short hair and joyful smile, Nguyễn Tiểu Phương looks young and active for a 46 year old. Phương is the only Vietnamese woman in the under 50 age group to complete all of the most challenging marathons in the country. She has tackled the 100km category at the Việt Nam Moutain Marathon, the 70km race at the Việt Nam Jungle Marathon, and the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 in 2016. The “steel rose” also participated in the 85km ultra marathon in HCM City last year and took the women’s title. To meet these challenges, Phương had to change her body clock to make time to train. Phương, who is a trainer and coach at the California Fitness and Yoga Centre in HCM City, had … [Read more...] about ‘Steel rose’ conquers Việt Nam’s toughest marathons
The end is nigh: Could the Champions League be replaced with a new footballing format? — File Photo Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy So there’s one thing I hate about living in Việt Nam. Something that really gets on my nerves. It’s not quite got to the stage that I want to pack it all in and head back to good ol’ Blighty, but at the same time it drives me mad. What is it? Time difference. It is a problem which has now been exaggerated after the clocks changed in the UK meaning we are now seven hours ahead of Great Britain. That means your average 3pm kick-off for a Premier League match is 10pm here. That I can live with. It’s evening kick-offs that mess with my head. Last week I waited until 12.30am for the Liverpool match away at Arsenal and I don’t even want to talk about Champions League fixtures. Kick off 2.45am, 4.30am finish a few hours kip (provided you’re not wired after watching a great game) and it’s up and out for … [Read more...] about For the love of football, please leave it alone
The quake-tsunami that struck Sulawesi has left a devastating toll on the region's children, aid workers say AFP/MOHD RASFAN A total of 1,411 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster earthquake struck Friday sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi island. The disaster reduced buildings in the seaside city of Palu to rubble but, with transport links badly affected, aid has been slow to arrive and looting has broken out. While rescuers continue to comb through the ruins of destroyed buildings, hope is fading that anyone will be found alive under the rubble. Authorities say over 100 people are still unaccounted for. As officials scrambled to deal with survivors' basic needs and foreign aid groups rushed to reach the disaster zone, attention focused on the huge number of children left orphaned or separated from their families. Save the Children said many youngsters were sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently … [Read more...] about Indonesia quake kids traumatised as rescuers race against clock
We've been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? 'Breakfast like a king' What did you eat this morning for breakfast or lunch? The chances are it wasn't steak and chips, chickpea curry or anything else you might normally have for dinner. Yet some scientists believe eating more of our daily calories earlier in the day - and shifting mealtimes earlier in general - could be good for our health. One study found women who were trying to lose weight lost more when they had lunch earlier in the day, while another linked eating later breakfasts to having a higher body mass index. "There's already a very old saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, and I think there's some truth in that," says Dr Gerda Pot, a visiting lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College … [Read more...] about Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?