science podcast #154

Saving Turtles in Cyprus, Life Expectancy-The Grandfather Effect

Sea Turtle. (Photo: d.monyak. Flickr)

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This Week: Nearly forty years ago, the island of Cyprus split into two. The reason was conflict between its Greek and Turkish sides. Today, endangered sea turtles are caught in the political rift between the north and the south. Scientists have discovered cave art in Spain that is older than the oldest known cave paintings. This has raised questions about the identity of these ancient artists. A study conducted in the Philippines suggests that our lifespan could be influenced by our grandfather’s age at the time that our father was born.

The panel of hands, El Castillo, Spain. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Saura.)

Who Were the Artists in Spain’s El Castillo Caves: Scientists have discovered cave art in Spain that dates back at least 40,000 years – around the time, or even before, modern humans arrived in Europe. The researchers suspect the ancient artists may have been our more primitive cousins, the Neanderthals.
Click here to read the story and to see pictures of the cave paintings.

Turtles Caught in Cyprus’s Political Rift: Sea turtles on the island of Cyprus are endangered because of politics that divide the island’s Greeks and Turks, their governments and their scientists. The turtles nest on both sides of the island, and are threatened by human activities in both regions.

Life Expectancy-The Grandfather Effect:A study conducted in the Philippines raises an interesting possibility: your lifespan could be influences by how old your grandfather was when your father was born.



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