Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

When will our universe reach the point of maximum entropy? And what other possibilities exist for our universe in the ...
Transhumanism could push human evolution into hyperdrive. Should we embrace it?

Transhumanism could push human evolution into hyperdrive. Should we embrace it?

Some people believe that we can enhance human life through embracing biotechnology and genetic engineering, but should we? ...
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What fossilized teeth tell us about human evolution

Examining the fossil record through the lens of evolutionary developmental biology may help scientists reassess the evolutionary history of humans ...
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Can humans reproduce in space? NASA wants to know

If the thought of conceiving in space or the potential of one day giving birth there seem unimaginable and far-fetched ...
Traits of masculinity: What does it mean to ‘be a man’?

Traits of masculinity: What does it mean to ‘be a man’?

There are commonalities of human behavior that extend beyond any geographic or cultural boundary. Every known society has a sexual ...
Evolution of the eyebrow and why it's so important for communication

Evolution of the eyebrow and why it’s so important for communication

Modern humans might never have raised a quizzical eyebrow had Homo sapiens not lost the thick, bony brows of its ancient ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
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Discovery of ancient finger in Saudi Arabia suggests humans left Africa 20,000 years earlier than assumed

It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil ...
Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

The ingrained notion – that there has only ever been one species of human being, Homo sapiens – is a latterday fiction ...
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Analyzing Kevin MacDonald’s ‘Culture of Critique’ and the alt-right’s embrace of anti-Jewish ideology

The biblical commentator Rashi observes that in order for a falsehood to be successful, it has to contain at least ...
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About phosphorous and why extraterrestrial life may be a long shot

Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start on ...
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Why humans and Neanderthals look so different

Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had heavy eyebrows, huge noses, and large, long faces that bulged forward. Using 3D computer ...
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Searching for life in the universe: ‘We humans are probably not special’

The "exoplanet" revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien worlds. More ...
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How ‘number crunching’ and big data has transformed the study of fossils, evolution

The field of paleobiology has advanced paleontology by using big data to analyze the history of life ...
Why the cockroach is hard to kill—and what its genetics teaches us about adapting to environments

Why the cockroach is hard to kill—and what its genetics teaches us about adapting to environments

The second-largest genome ever sequenced belongs to a small but fascinating creature. Called “xiao qiang” or “little mighty” in China, ...
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Review: Is evolution ‘God’s Word or Human Reason?’

Is there a contradiction between religion and an evolutionary, Old Earth view of the natural world? While this varies from ...
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Viewpoint: Ignoring genetics threatens to make racial discussions ‘more extreme and divisive’

[A controversial op-ed] by David Reich, a professor of genetics at Harvard, [...] carefully advanced the case that there are genetic ...
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Revising human history: Asian paleoanthropology reveals human, Neanderthal relationships

[T]he first analyses of Neanderthal DNA seemed to indicate that Neanderthals and modern humans did not interbreed. But this popular ...
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‘Star cluster’ genetic analysis illuminates history’s social inequalities

In humans, the profound biological differences that exist between the sexes mean that a single male is physically capable of ...
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Where do we come from? Question grows ever more complicated

It was recently discovered that modern humans are part of the African great apes family, but how did this classification ...
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Mood disorders more common in children of first-cousin parents, study finds

Having parents who are first cousins doubles the risk of inheriting a single-gene condition, from 2.5 percent to about 5 ...
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Earth’s first life forms were incredibly resilient to dramatic environmental changes

Life on Earth could have originated in cold conditions near the surface, before spreading to warmer environments, according to research ...
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Life on Earth: How aliens might go about discovering us

[L]ight-years from our solar system, other intelligent beings on a similar planetary oasis might be gazing in our direction and ...
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Viewpoint: Population declines are a greater crisis than extinctions

Forget extinctions. Population decline is a much greater crisis. ... We watch for extinctions like those with the thought that, ...
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Why humans started eating meat—and is it critical for our diet?

Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
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If Neanderthals mated with early modern humans, why does their genome show no evidence of human DNA?

Gene flow between Neanderthals and early modern humans may have been a one-way street, researchers have found. While the presence ...
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Harvard geneticist David Reich NY Times’ op-ed ignites debate over whether ‘races’ exist

On Monday morning, I woke up to a tweet from Sam Harris, the bestselling author and popular podcast host, referencing ...
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Which came first, intensive agriculture or complex society?

A fundamental question about the precise role of agriculture in early human history remains unanswered. Did the advent of intensive ...