Dimwitted Neanderthals? Pioneering research challenges ‘outdated’ assumptions about our ancestors

Dimwitted Neanderthals? Pioneering research challenges ‘outdated’ assumptions about our ancestors

For a long time, paleoanthropologists viewed Neanderthals as being very distinct from our own species, and inherently incapable of sharing ...
Opioid vaccine that limits relapses during detox treatment is on the horizon

Opioid vaccine that limits relapses during detox treatment is on the horizon

Tracey Romero | 
Inoculations are commonly used to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19, but they also may have the potential to treat substance ...
Video: The story of ‘Miracle Millie’, the chihuahua cloned 49 times — and how to (expensively) extend the life of your pet

Video: The story of ‘Miracle Millie’, the chihuahua cloned 49 times — and how to (expensively) extend the life of your pet

Ian Bremmer | 
What if you never had to say goodbye to your best four-legged friend? That's right, now you can clone your ...
CRISPR gene editing to cure HIV? It’s now in clinical trials

CRISPR gene editing to cure HIV? It’s now in clinical trials

Kezia Parkins | 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the nod for Excision BioTherapeutics to begin trials testing CRISPR gene ...
‘Junk DNA’: The 98% of the human genome that does not encode proteins is often called useless — but the reality is more complicated

‘Junk DNA’: The 98% of the human genome that does not encode proteins is often called useless — but the reality is more complicated

Jake Buehler | 
The human genome has three billion base pairs in its DNA, but only about 2% of them encode proteins. The ...
‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

Joe Gough | 
Someone’s probably told you before that something you thought, felt or feared was ‘all in your mind’. I’m here to ...
Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Emily Holbrook | 
In an industry first, DS Smith could use seaweed across its packaging network as an alternative fiber source to wood ...
Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Siw Ellen Jakobsen | 
Obesity, epilepsy, alcohol-related liver disease, fatty liver, sleep disorders and COPD. These are some of the many diseases that Swedish ...
Viewpoint: ‘Mammoth debacle’ — The not-so-encouraging backstory to George Church’s $15 million start-up hoping to resurrect the extinct wooly mammoth

Viewpoint: ‘Mammoth debacle’ — The not-so-encouraging backstory to George Church’s $15 million start-up hoping to resurrect the extinct wooly mammoth

Jerry Coyne | 
[A] team of scientists and entrepreneurs has formed a company called Colossal that aims to “bring back the woolly mammoth.” ...
Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

Kendall Powell | 
In May, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) released new guidelines that relaxed the 14-day rule, taking away ...
To learn, our brain cells routinely break and rebuild DNA. That insight is sparking a rethink of disease and aging

To learn, our brain cells routinely break and rebuild DNA. That insight is sparking a rethink of disease and aging

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Faced with a threat, the brain has to act fast, its neurons making new connections to learn what might spell ...
Viewpoint: Hoping to change minds of ‘science deniers’ — from vaccine skeptics to GMOs rejectionists? Don’t use the tactics offered in this patronizing new book

Viewpoint: Hoping to change minds of ‘science deniers’ — from vaccine skeptics to GMOs rejectionists? Don’t use the tactics offered in this patronizing new book

Tom Chivers | 
[Harvard philosopher Lee] McIntyre wants to help us change people’s minds. Specifically, to help us change the minds of these ...
How can we transform industrial manufacturing from a major carbon dioxide source to a CO2 sink?

How can we transform industrial manufacturing from a major carbon dioxide source to a CO2 sink?

Bernardino Virdis, Jamin Wood, Shihu Hu | 
About one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the manufacture of the products we use. While a small number ...
‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

Would you wear clothing or, say, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers? What if those fibers could endure ...
‘Our species began as a sort of arboreal rat when dinosaurs ruled the planet’: Early hominids spread around the world via a once-green Arabia

‘Our species began as a sort of arboreal rat when dinosaurs ruled the planet’: Early hominids spread around the world via a once-green Arabia

Ruth Schuster | 
Our species began as a sort of arboreal rat when dinosaurs ruled the planet, and arguments abound over where the ...
Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Alexander Burgoyne, David Hambrick | 
Although mindfulness has its merits, psychological research has also revealed that in some circumstances it’s important to be mindless. That ...
Virgin birth? It’s actually been observed in about 80 vertebrate species, and most recently, in sharks

Virgin birth? It’s actually been observed in about 80 vertebrate species, and most recently, in sharks

Alia Shoaib | 
Scientists say a rare shark "virgin birth" may be the first of its kind after a baby shark was born ...
DNA in space: First CRISPR gene-editing study by astronauts opens door to future experimentation

DNA in space: First CRISPR gene-editing study by astronauts opens door to future experimentation

Ailsa Harvey | 
The first CRISPR experiment to take place in space shows that DNA can repair itself in microgravity.  As part of ...
Why did humans develop sophisticated language skills while our ancestral cousins, chimpanzees, did not? Studying childbirth could provide clues

Why did humans develop sophisticated language skills while our ancestral cousins, chimpanzees, did not? Studying childbirth could provide clues

Steven Poole | 
Did a “grammar module” just pop into our ancestors’ brains one day thanks to a random change in our DNA? ...
‘Scientists have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries between thinking, feeling, deciding, remembering, moving and other experiences’ — but that’s not how it works

‘Scientists have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries between thinking, feeling, deciding, remembering, moving and other experiences’ — but that’s not how it works

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Not only do researchers often depict the brain and its functions much as mapmakers might draw nations on continents, but ...
Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed brain ...
AI-driven robots can now be found everywhere — but they're often annoying. Will they ever evolve grace and consciousness?

AI-driven robots can now be found everywhere — but they’re often annoying. Will they ever evolve grace and consciousness?

Meghan O'Gieblyn | 
With AI, engineers had typically used a top-down approach to programming, as though they were gods making creatures in their ...
Is love nothing more than brain chemicals?

Is love nothing more than brain chemicals?

Anna Machin | 
Love evolved to bribe us to commence and maintain... relationships – with lovers, children, family and friends – which we ...
Human evolution is accelerating. Here’s how — and why it’s necessary for us to adapt to an unstable world

Human evolution is accelerating. Here’s how — and why it’s necessary for us to adapt to an unstable world

Gid'on Lev | 
For Prof. Ze’ev Hochberg of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, evolution ...
Part II: Viewpoint — Questioning ‘race equity ideology’ is a career-ender in modern medicine

Part II: Viewpoint — Questioning ‘race equity ideology’ is a career-ender in modern medicine

John Murawski | 
The national movement to eradicate what activists call systemic racism and white privilege from medicine and health care has few ...
Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Emily Willingham | 
In Silicon Valley, immortality is sometimes elevated to the status of a corporeal goal. Plenty of big names in big ...
Wide disagreement among religious groups about vaccine mandates

Wide disagreement among religious groups about vaccine mandates

Michelle Boorstein | 
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a standoff between personal freedoms and bodily integrity on one side ...
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