Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

The country’s vaccine rollout has sped up since the first doses were administered in December, recently reaching a rolling average ...
Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

Fossil evidence of [Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis found in Southeast Asia], described in 2004 and 2019 respectively, suggests these ...
Skeptical of AquaBounty’s salmon? Nature makes GM fish, too

Skeptical of AquaBounty’s salmon? Nature makes GM fish, too

A new study by Queen's University researchers Laurie Graham and Peter Davies finds "conclusive" evidence for the controversial idea that ...
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How the evolution of an ancient fish gave humans the ability to speak

How the evolution of an ancient fish gave humans the ability to speak

[E]very voice (barks, whinnies, whines, chirps, squeals, meows, ribbits, roars, the State of the Union address) derives from a common ...
Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

[W]hat exactly happens in the brain when we gaze at a baby? And why do we respond the same way ...
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Evolution and COVID-19: How nature is staying one step ahead of vaccines and the dangers that pose for the years ahead

As scientists work to get a handle on [COVID] variants, the situation gives the public a rare front-row seat and ...
If we ever encounter extraterrestrial life, here’s why they might not seem so alien

If we ever encounter extraterrestrial life, here’s why they might not seem so alien

[University of Cambridge Professor Arik Kershenbaum] argues that evolution is a universal law of nature, like gravity — and that ...
Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

[C]ompared to chimpanzees, what makes us special is apparently our outsized capacity for serious mental illnesses and weird facial shapes, ...
Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies. Traditional and ...
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Taboo: Why has Africa emerged as the global coronavirus ‘Cold Spot’ — and why are we afraid to talk about it?

The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand - how humans are shaping species

Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand – how humans are shaping species

Dr Kat Arney explores the impact that humans have had on the evolutionary trajectories of the species we share the ...
Generous apes: What explains the evolution of human kindness?

Generous apes: What explains the evolution of human kindness?

With chimpanzees, the prospect of food can lead to aggression.  But bonobos take a different approach, says Suzy Kwetuenda, a ...
COVID variants present new threat as US virus cases plateau

COVID variants present new threat as US virus cases plateau

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and a leading expert on infectious diseases, ...
Variants on top of variants: COVID continues to mutate in Brazil, posing more perils to country already crushed by the pandemic

Variants on top of variants: COVID continues to mutate in Brazil, posing more perils to country already crushed by the pandemic

The unchecked spread of the more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variants in Brazil appears to have created even more dangerous versions of ...
Here is the consensus theory of why Neanderthals went extinct

Here is the consensus theory of why Neanderthals went extinct

Noting over “a dozen serious hypotheses'' about the enigmatic disappearance of our nearest cousins [the neanderthals, researchers] conducted a poll ...
‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

Will the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 2 million people worldwide, eventually be eliminated by a global vaccination ...
Early humans endured bitter cold without fire during the Plesitocene era

Early humans endured bitter cold without fire during the Plesitocene era

The Middle Pleistocene (125,000-780,000 years ago) was marked by periodic oscillations between a climate similar to today's and much cooler ...
Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

As the largest animals on the landscape disappeared, the scientists propose, human brains had to grow to enable the hunting ...
Some animals engage in heinous behaviors — cannibalism, eating offspring, torture and rape. Why did evolution make that happen?

Some animals engage in heinous behaviors — cannibalism, eating offspring, torture and rape. Why did evolution make that happen?

While it is true that rape, torture and murder are more commonplace in the animal kingdom than they are in ...
Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

In [cognitive neuroscientist Simon] Baron-Cohen's new book [The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention], he argues that humans became ...
Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

“As a neuroscientist, I see scientific myths about the brain repeated regularly in the media and corners of academic research,” ...
Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Archeological evidence from Peru has revealed that some ancient big-game hunters were, in fact, women, challenging what science writer James ...
Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

A professor at Harvard and a keen marathoner – sometimes barefoot – [Daniel Liberman’s] life’s work in evolutionary biology makes ...
Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Whereas other sensory systems are thought to have been re-routed during human evolution, [a new] study suggests that olfactory-hippocampal functional ...
Humans are water-saving apes? Homo sapiens’ ability to run on less water may have driven our evolution

Humans are water-saving apes? Homo sapiens’ ability to run on less water may have driven our evolution

Our bodies are constantly losing water: when we sweat, go to the bathroom, even when we breathe. That water needs ...
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