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My favorite part about that article was that the revelation wasn't that the Aztecs had built a tower of skulls - that had been known literally for centuries - it's that it was built not only out of the skulls of conquered warriors, but women and children, too.

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Society is less violent because X random thing.

 

Society is less violent because... the Atom Bomb and the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction stopped the Cold War from going hot.

 

Society is less violent because... The age of consent has been raised and there are less child brides. Violence today is generally relegated to countries where the age of consent is young or non-existent.

 

Society is less violent because... There are fewer pirates.

 

 

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About Trump administration reducing the size of protected lands:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/13/why-are-palaeontologists-suing-trump

 

If you want to move the post elsewhere, feel free.

The linked article have both political and scientific content.

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Harvard undergrad decodes some Incan Khipu knots.

 

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Medrano noticed that the way each cord was tied onto the khipu seemed to correspond to the social status of the 132 people recorded in the census document. The colors of the strings also appeared to be related to the people’s first names. The correlations seemed too strong to be a coincidence. After spring break, Medrano told his professor about his theories.

 

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