Documentary Of The Week: First Peoples Of Asia


Written by John Lounsbury

Did prehistoric modern humans live in Asia as long as 100,000 years ago or more? Recent archaeological research has discovered and analyzed fossil remains from caves in Laos suggest that modern humans were occupying southeast Asia 63,000 years ago. Previous theories of homo sapiens migration out of Africa pegged the first migration to about 50,000 years ago. Now that is seriously challenged and we now have a big question mark on just how long ago modern humans first left Africa.


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What We Read Today 27 July 2016

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Smartwatches, The Next Big Thing That Wasn't

by Felix Richter,

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch in April 2015, many pundits expected smartwatches to become the next big thing and emulate the success of smartphones and tablets.

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Infographic Of The Day: Health Benefits Of Sewing

Clinical studies are now revealing that sewing, along with other crafting type hobbies are actually good for us.

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Video of the Day:

Pilots spend hours in multi-million dollar simulators, preparing for the worst cast scenario. In this episode Flight Mode, WIRED's Jack Stewart gets a taste of what pilots go through.

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Microsoft On Track To Hit 20 Billion Cloud Revenue Target

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Will Bank Of Japan Deploy Helicopters?

by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

Japan's 'Helicopter Money' Play: Road to Hyperinflation or Cure for Debt Deflation?

Fifteen years after embarking on its largely ineffective quantitative easing program, Japan appears poised to try the form recommended by Ben Bernanke in his notorious 'helicopter money' speech in 2002. The Japanese test case could finally resolve a longstanding dispute between monetarists and money reformers over the economic effects of government-issued money.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

27 July 2016 FOMC Meeting Statement: Federal Funds Rate Was Not Changed.

Econintersect: The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) - the board of directors of the Federal Reserve again did NOT adjust the federal funds rate. There was dissent as one member believed the federal funds rate should have been increased. There was little in their outlook which would have prevented a rate increase as:

.... near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished. ...

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