A gene variant that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. People who carry the higher risk version of the gene, named SLC16A11, are 25% more likely to have diabetes than those who do not, and 50% more likely if both parents have it. Yet another thing we can… » 12/26/13 7:20am 12/26/13 7:20am

Remember that Nazi Buddhist statue from space? Yeah. It's probably a…

You know the saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably wasn't actually discovered by Nazis. Last month, headline-writers the world over lost their collective shit when researchers announced they had identified a "priceless," 1000-year-old, swastika-emblazoned, Nazi-ethnologist-discovered statue of buddha —… » 10/24/12 12:21pm 10/24/12 12:21pm

This week's Doctor Who totally wasted its chance to make feathered…

We're obviously big Doctor Who fans, and it's no secret that we've got a thing for dinosaurs. But you know what else we love? Pedantry. Over on Dinosaur Tracking, Smithsonian's Brian Switek serves up all three in a light-hearted critique of Saturday's episode of Doctor Who, which featured dinosaurs quite prominently.… » 9/11/12 11:40am 9/11/12 11:40am