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Author: Jerry Stone

I am the editor-in-chief of poptopnews.com with over 20 years of reporting experience. I have had a long interest in biology and human history, and Pop Top News is my small endeavor to report on studies that I find interesting. 1954 Quiet Valley Lane, Van Nuys CA 91405 818-904-7708 jerry@poptopnews.com

African Explorers 4,000 Years Ago May Have Been The First To Cross The Straight Of Gibraltar

For those unfamiliar, the Strait of Gibraltar is the natural border between Spain and Africa. Scientists are asking the question of when it was crossed for the first time, and interestingly, the answer could be from a study done by a team from the University of Ferrara. The results of their study suggest that it […]

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Where Did Racism Come From? New Study May Have The Answer

Today it may feel like racism is a bigger issue than ever, and more and more people are suffering from prejudice. But when did racism actually start, and what are its roots? A new study is aiming to answer this question. The head author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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What Did Roman Gladiators Eat?

It was not an easy life for Roman gladiators who were condemned to fight. But what did they live off? A study from the University of Vienna has looked into this and found that fighters would drink a drink containing plant ashes, similar to what Pliny the Elder (a famous Roman author) had described. In […]

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How Did Vikings Look Up To Their Gods?

A study from the University of Uppsala is asking an interesting question: what did the ancient Vikings actually think of their gods? Did they look to them for moral guidance, and ask them to correct injustice? For a long time, it has generally been accepted that religions will believe in one omnipotent god that will […]

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How Does Counting On Fingers Help Children?

It is an innate behavior of children that they will use their hands to count and work out sums, and parents tend to encourage this behavior. It is only later in life that they are told not to rely on their fingers so much. But how would children’s learning be different if they did not […]

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Bacteria Is Helpful Late In Pregnancy, Study Finds

A study from Bar-Ilan University, led by Omry Koren and Yoram LouzonĀ and published in Cell Reports, has discovered that bacteria that make up our microbiome are able to perceive pregnancy and understand the need to move on and help the baby break down sugar in breast milk. Previous research had found that microbiome was responsible […]

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Fake Smiles May Do More Harm Than Good

Smiling has always been considered to be extremely important, as it eases the mood and acts as a social cue. But according to a recent study, this may only be if the smile is genuine. If a smile is fake, it may actually be doing more harm than good, and can have negative implications for […]

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