On Saturday

No single birthplace of mankind

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed Homo sapiens fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique evolutionary path that resulted in everyone alive today.

Hannah Devlin, Jul 14 2018

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Archaeologists in China discover the oldest stone tools outside Africa

The oldest stone tools outside Africa have been discovered in western China, scientists reported on Wednesday. Made by ancient members of the human lineage, called hominins, the chipped rocks are estimated to be as much as 2.1 million years old.

Carl Zimmer, Jul 14 2018

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Beyond my bubble

I was born and raised in Kathmandu. Over the years, I have been part of its transformation and of its growing urbanisation.

Jul 14 2018

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Heil Oli!

It seems that our incompetent government can’t get anything right. We expected Oli and our Emperor to work together to make this country great and make us all prosperous. But it seems that our great comrades had no intention to do anything for the people in the first place. Instead, our comrades were only interested to help their byapari friends while ignoring the demands of the ordinary citizens.

Guffadi, Jul 14 2018

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A bug’s life

Those of us wondering where Ant-Man, the size-shifting superhero played by Paul Rudd, had disappeared to after last being seen fighting alongside Captain America in 2016’s Civil War—and why he’d been MIA in Infinity War earlier this year—Marvel’s new Ant-Man and the Wasp tries to give us some answers.

OBIE SHRESTHA, Jul 14 2018

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In search for justice

In 2004, Nepal made headlines the world over after 12 of its citizens became part of a televised killing—an act that would be described as one of the cruelest moments of the American invasion of Iraq. Despite low connectivity to the Internet and the virtual absence of social media, the execution video spread like wildfire in Nepal.

SANDESH GHIMIRE, Jul 14 2018

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Stand up and be counted

A Saturday evening at Sukra Bar, Lazimpat.The comedy show that was billed to begin at 7pm is an hour late. As a palpably excited crowd continues to stream in, the seating arrangement has already been wrenched out of shape. A teenager in a floral Kimono has been rolling hand-rolled cigarettes in boredom; a man in a knock-off Belgium jersey has been finagling with the overwhelmed, solitary waiter about the beer options. A cloud of smoke hangs heavy over the ceiling, pregnant with expectation.

SANJIT BHAKTA PRADHANANGA, Jul 14 2018

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