Thursday's Morning Email: Meet Your Newly Discovered Human Ancestor

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MEET THE NEWLY DISCOVERED HUMAN SPECIES "Acting on a tip from spelunkers two years ago, scientists in South Africa discovered what the cavers had only dimly glimpsed through a crack in a limestone wall deep in the Rising Star cave: lots and lots of old bones. The remains covered the earthen floor beyond the narrow opening. This was, the scientists concluded, a large, dark chamber for the dead of a previously unidentified species of the early human lineage -- Homo naledi." Check out this Q&A with the leader of the expedition. [NYT]

PREPARING FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Experts put the odds at over 50% that the government will be forced to close Oct. 1. [WaPo]


ENERGY DEPARTMENT COMPROMISED BY CYBER ATTACKS A USA Today investigation revealed the department had been compromised more than 150 times from 2010 to 2014. Three words on why you should be concerned: the power grid. [USA Today]

WHY THE MIGRANT CRISIS MAY SAVE GERMANY "The rest of Europe may see a crisis as a record number of asylum seekers flood the continent from Syria and other pockets of conflict and poverty. But Germany -- the region’s economic powerhouse -- is also sensing a golden opportunity. This fast-graying nation of 81 million is facing a demographic time bomb." [WaPo]

FALLON RETURNS WITH A VENGANCE Not to be outdone by new late night rival Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon kicked off this season of "The Tonight Show" with an insane rap medley with Justin Timberlake and an epic lip sync battle with Ellen DeGeneres. [Bill Bradley, HuffPost]

100,000 EVACUATED IN JAPAN AFTER FLASH FLOODING And 800,000 more are advised to leave their homes in eastern Japan after rare torrential rains. [Reuters]

CAN ALZHEIMER'S BE TRANSMITTED? "Contaminated surgical instruments or injections, such as human growth hormone, may pose a rare but potential risk, [scientists] speculate. ... The theoretical hunch comes from post-mortem brain studies in eight patients." [BBC]


MEET THE HELICOPTER DAUGHTER "Which brings me to the last factor: me, your typical high-achieving female, raised to always do my best. I’d hoped that by late middle age, this tendency would have abated -- and it had, a little. But just as it was crucial to be a Good Mom, now my father’s frailty has brought back the caring compulsion with a vengeance." [NYT]

EXPLAINING iPHONE'S 3D TOUCH TO YOUR MOM Or really, to us, because we didn't get it at first. And here's what else you need to know about the rest of the Apple products announced yesterday. [HuffPost]

ALL YOUR DISNEY CHANNEL MOVIE DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE The "Life-Size" sequel is happening -- Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks better return. [Vulture]

WHEN YOU DRESS YOUR TODDLER LIKE A KARDASHIAN KID It's hard to follow around a toddler in a cape. [Vanity Fair]

TWITTER IS TESTING OUT ANALYTICS In your notification feed. [Buzzfeed]

WANT NIGHTMARES? Check out Hitler's abandoned mental hospital. [HuffPost]

FOLLOW #NYFW4ALL Over the next week, HuffPost Lifestyle will be highlighting designers, models and runway shows working to democratize NYFW. [HuffPost]

TALKING ABOUT MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH "The topic of men and mental health disorders is still extremely shrouded in stigma. Our mission is to reclaim the definition about what it really means to ‘be a man’ in the face of emotional and mental health issues. ShameOver will serve as a stigma-free space to face and embrace the well-being challenges that we all experience every single day. Because mental health isn't just a female issue -- it's a human issue." [HuffPost]

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LEBRON IS ALL ABOUT HELPING ADULTS GET THEIR GEDs "The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar quietly announced yet another academic partnership last week -- one that will provide support for parents of children in his academic mentorship program who want to obtain their GEDs. James and the University of Akron made waves last month when they announced that they had partnered to provide four-year scholarships to qualifying students in James’ 'I PROMISE' program -- a partnership that could help an estimated 2,300 children." [HuffPost]


'THE REFUGEES I HAVE KNOWN' "The refugees I have known didn't feel entitled to anything. They hated living off of food stamps, welfare, housing assistance, government cheese, and in an internment-like and/or poverty stricken communities. But they appreciated the assistance, made the best of opportunities that came their way, and they all worked hard to become fully independent contributing members of their new communities as quickly as they could." [HuffPost]


~ Tinder announced a "Super Like" button -- stay thirsty, my friends.

~ ICYMI, here's U.S. News and World Report's annual best college rankings.

~ That time Charles Lindbergh invented a medical device to save his sister-in-law.

~ Macy's plans to close up to 40 stores next year.

~ Matt Damon is returning to the Bourne franchise in 2016, and he looks pretty darn good doing it.

~ J.K. Rowling dropped some rather major news: you've been saying Voldemort wrong.

~ Beyonce looks flawless in latest photo shoot, still doesn't say anything.

~ Spotify can confirm your suspicions that you have better musical tastes than your friends with its new widget, Found Them First, which tells you what tracks you were ahead of the curve on.

~ The weatherman taking the Internet by storm (sorry, had to).

~ Seth Rogen's "Preacher" got the green light.

~ Never fear, "Grey's Anatomy" fans: McDreamy is headed to the Bridget Jones universe.

~ The pets that get adopted.

~ Why you don't refrigerate your onions.

~ Here's a photo play-by-play of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' relationship, because who doesn't love feeling green with envy.

~ Don't trust your hotel safe.

~ It's hard to be the most unloved team in professional baseball.

~ And for your daily dose of terror, scientists discovered an ancient deadly virus in the melting Arctic. This totally isn't the plotline of at least 700 horror films.

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