Mars has all the ingredients necessary to support life — in its subsurface

Mars has all the ingredients necessary to support life — in its subsurface

[A] new paper in Astrobiology shows that there might very well be a place where life can sustain itself on ...
Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

The small brains of Homo naledi raise new questions about the evolution of human brain size. Big brains were costly ...
Humans lived in caves in Africa and used fire and tools as far as two million years ago

Humans lived in caves in Africa and used fire and tools as far as two million years ago

A large cave nestled in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert might be the first on Earth to have housed human activity, ...
Are rogue COVID variants ahead? ‘It’d be a brave person to say that the virus is nearing the end of its evolutionary route’

Are rogue COVID variants ahead? ‘It’d be a brave person to say that the virus is nearing the end of its evolutionary route’

As the global infection count surges for a seventh consecutive week, after initial optimism that the pandemic had peaked, leading ...
3-D technology is reinventing paleoanthropology and the reconstruction of fossils

3-D technology is reinventing paleoanthropology and the reconstruction of fossils

In 2018 a student excavator, Samantha Good, came upon the adult male skull of a Paranthropus robustus, lying upside down, ...
Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Your body clearly benefits from a daily moderate level of exercising. Does your brain care?  Yes, your brain does pay ...
2.5 billion: That’s how many T. rexes may have roamed the Earth over their 3-million-year reign

2.5 billion: That’s how many T. rexes may have roamed the Earth over their 3-million-year reign

On average, researchers estimate that some 20,000 T. rex lived at any one time and that about 127,000 generations of ...
Sharon Peacock: COVID-19 Variant Hunter

Sharon Peacock: COVID-19 Variant Hunter

The UK is a world leader in sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of all the coronavirus genomes that ...
Why humans evolved to be the sweatiest of the Great Apes

Why humans evolved to be the sweatiest of the Great Apes

Humans have a uniquely high density of sweat glands embedded in their skin — 10 times the density of chimpanzees ...
Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

“Virus outbreak: research says COVID-19 likely synthetic,” shouted the headline in the Taipei Times on February 23, 2020. The idea ...
Not only did humans exchange DNA with Neanderthals — we shared culture as well

Not only did humans exchange DNA with Neanderthals — we shared culture as well

Between ~45,000 to 40,000 years ago [humans and Neanderthals were] contemporaries and had ample time to meet and interact. New ...
Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

[SARS-CoV-2] almost didn't make it as a pandemic virus. Only bad luck and the packed conditions of the Huanan seafood ...
Personalized medicine: ‘Race’ matters when it comes to genetic diseases and hard-wired drug responses

Personalized medicine: ‘Race’ matters when it comes to genetic diseases and hard-wired drug responses

Although race is a social rather than biological construct, there are inherited genetic variations that play a role in drug ...
Humans are ‘super-predators’ hardwired by evolution to hunt our food sources into extinction

Humans are ‘super-predators’ hardwired by evolution to hunt our food sources into extinction

Humans are natural born killers: super-predators designed by evolution to subsist mainly on the meat and fat of large animals, ...
Worried that GMO seeds are bred in a lab? They’re not as unnatural as you think. 1 in 20 plants are naturally transgenic

Worried that GMO seeds are bred in a lab? They’re not as unnatural as you think. 1 in 20 plants are naturally transgenic

Genetic modification is a process that sometimes happens naturally at the hands of bacteria, a new study concludes. Dozens of ...
Is science racist? Genetics, evolutionary human differences and ‘critical race theory’

Is science racist? Genetics, evolutionary human differences and ‘critical race theory’

The killing of George Floyd at the knee of a policeman last May ignited a global wave of protest. Almost ...
‘Lucy the Human Chimp’: Meet the chimpanzee raised with people and Janice, her caretaker, who tried to integrate her back into the wild

‘Lucy the Human Chimp’: Meet the chimpanzee raised with people and Janice, her caretaker, who tried to integrate her back into the wild

Lucy the Human Chimp, a new television documentary from HBO and Channel 4, explores... the story of one unique relationship: ...
The evolutionary history of human tolerance

The evolutionary history of human tolerance

Environmental pressures may have led humans to become more tolerant and friendly towards each other as the need to share ...
Natural GMOs: Plants and animals 'steal genes' from other species during process of evolution, mimicking transgenics

Natural GMOs: Plants and animals ‘steal genes’ from other species during process of evolution, mimicking transgenics

Little did biologist Gregor Mendel know that his experiments with sweet peas in a monastery garden in Brno, Czech Republic, would ...
Getting high on hypoxia: Ancient humans went deep into caves in search of euphoria, and depicted the experience in their paintings

Getting high on hypoxia: Ancient humans went deep into caves in search of euphoria, and depicted the experience in their paintings

As archaeologist Yafit Kedar from Tel-Aviv University in Israel was in France enjoying some cave art deep within the ground, ...
Challenging evolutionary dogma: Is early human history solely linked to the southern African coast rich in marine resources?

Challenging evolutionary dogma: Is early human history solely linked to the southern African coast rich in marine resources?

The origins of modern humans and modern human cognition are thought to lie in southern Africa, as suggested by numerous ...
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Podcast: Ezra Klein and Walter Isaacson discuss how CRISPR is poised to redirect the future course of evolution

Podcast: Ezra Klein and Walter Isaacson discuss how CRISPR is poised to redirect the future course of evolution

When future generations look back on this moment in history, will they remember the daily political fights — or will ...
Ancient humans mated with Neanderthals as recently as 45,000 years ago

Ancient humans mated with Neanderthals as recently as 45,000 years ago

Analyses of DNA found in human fossils from around [45,000 years ago] — the oldest known human remains in Europe ...
Jurassic Park in real life? We have the technology to create ‘super exotic novel species,’ Neuralink co-founder claims

Jurassic Park in real life? We have the technology to create ‘super exotic novel species,’ Neuralink co-founder claims

Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak, who started the brain-computer interface company with Elon Musk, has claimed that humans have the technology ...
Like meat? Early humans almost exclusively ate protein and hunted large animals for 2 million years

Like meat? Early humans almost exclusively ate protein and hunted large animals for 2 million years

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, academics from Tel Aviv University in Israel and ...
‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had 'monkey brains'

‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had ‘monkey brains’

Early humans still had great ape-like brains, according to a new study that found modern humans evolved to have our ...
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