Video: Why are there so many COVID variants showing up now and what does it portend for the future?

Video: Why are there so many COVID variants showing up now and what does it portend for the future?

On November 5, 2020, the United Kingdom went into lockdown in an attempt to control a spike in COVID-19 cases ...
Here’s an update on the (quixotic?) CRISPR gene editing project to revive the defunct woolly mammoth

Here’s an update on the (quixotic?) CRISPR gene editing project to revive the defunct woolly mammoth

As CRISPR allows scientists to splice individual genes that program for specific characteristics into the genome of living species, it ...
Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

At sites in eastern Turkey, dating to perhaps 12,000 years ago, the remains of what appear to be brewing vats, ...
Infographic: How contagious are the various COVID variants compared with other diseases?

Infographic: How contagious are the various COVID variants compared with other diseases?

The cleanest way of comparing the pure biological spreading power of viruses is to look at their R0 (pronounced R-naught) ...
The horrific scale of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre has not been fully catalogued — until now, using forensic analysis of remains found in a mass grave

The horrific scale of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre has not been fully catalogued — until now, using forensic analysis of remains found in a mass grave

Forensic scientists and archaeologists investigating a mass grave near the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have unearthed skeletal ...
Massive ‘dragon man’ skull found in Chinese well reveals possible new hominid family tree branch more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

Massive ‘dragon man’ skull found in Chinese well reveals possible new hominid family tree branch more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

The discovery of a huge fossilized skull that was wrapped up and hidden in a Chinese well nearly 90 years ...
‘If humans are so smart, why do women menstruate? Who thought that was a good idea?’ Interview with ‘Evolution Gone Wrong’ author Alexander Bezzerides

‘If humans are so smart, why do women menstruate? Who thought that was a good idea?’ Interview with ‘Evolution Gone Wrong’ author Alexander Bezzerides

Okay, humans, if we're so smart, why do our backs hurt so much? Why do we cry? And menstruation, who ...
Puppy love: Dogs are born to understand people. Here’s how culture and evolution worked together

Puppy love: Dogs are born to understand people. Here’s how culture and evolution worked together

The fate of dog and man has been entwined for millennia (exactly how long is still a question, with estimates ...
Deadly COVID mutation wild card: Frightening lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu recovery

Deadly COVID mutation wild card: Frightening lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu recovery

The influenza virus that caused the 1918 pandemic mutated into variants, much like the novel coronavirus has done in the ...
Viewpoint: Culture is more powerful than genes to human evolution, researchers claim

Viewpoint: Culture is more powerful than genes to human evolution, researchers claim

In a new study, University of Maine researchers found that culture helps humans adapt to their environment and overcome challenges ...
Viewpoint: Evolution is more than a Darwinian 'selfish gene' battle to the death

Viewpoint: Evolution is more than a Darwinian ‘selfish gene’ battle to the death

The idea that selfishness and greed are drivers of evolution, and therefore possess underlying virtue, has been around for over ...
‘Natural selection in real time’: Which species are most likely to adapt to climate change?

‘Natural selection in real time’: Which species are most likely to adapt to climate change?

Climate change is exacerbating problems like habitat loss and temperatures swings that have already pushed many animal species to the ...
Brainless hydras can tell us a lot about the significance of sleep

Brainless hydras can tell us a lot about the significance of sleep

It does not have a brain, or even much of a nervous system.  And yet, new research shows, it sleeps ...
COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

The use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID gained national and international attention last October, when President Trump ...
‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

About 12,000 bacteria and viruses collected in a sampling from public transit systems and hospitals around the world from 2015 ...
Homo sapiens reevaluated: Why the definition of ‘modern human’ is undergoing a revamp

Homo sapiens reevaluated: Why the definition of ‘modern human’ is undergoing a revamp

One definition of a species is: "Groups of interbreeding natural populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups," according ...
Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach ...
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Viewpoint: Zombie pseudoscience — Evolution and intelligence studies are still shadowed by a focus on brain size

Phrenology is the detailed study of cranial sizes and shapes as a proxy for brain size and shape... Phrenology has ...
‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

India [has] set another coronavirus milestone. [On May 19th], authorities announced the country had recorded more than 4,500 deaths from ...
Hairy oddballs: Why are humans the only animal to grow hair on our heads but almost none on our bodies?

Hairy oddballs: Why are humans the only animal to grow hair on our heads but almost none on our bodies?

Fur keeps animals warm when it's cold at night and protects them from the sun during the day. Human ancestors ...
How did the Wuhan lab leak theory go from conspiracy theory hunch to genuine national security question?

How did the Wuhan lab leak theory go from conspiracy theory hunch to genuine national security question?

Throughout much of the pandemic, the “lab leak” hypothesis has been ridiculed by scientists as a baseless conspiracy theory, fueled ...
Podcast: Is laughter unique to humans? No, other animals evolved the same play behavior. Here are some examples

Podcast: Is laughter unique to humans? No, other animals evolved the same play behavior. Here are some examples

[HOST MICHAEL MARTIN:] It's true, we all laugh. But is laughter, uniquely human? It turns out, not really. Plenty of ...
Evolution of creativity: An emerging theory of why Neanderthals succumbed to more ‘advanced’ Homo sapiens

Evolution of creativity: An emerging theory of why Neanderthals succumbed to more ‘advanced’ Homo sapiens

Theories regarding the extinction of the Neanderthals range from climate change or the homo sapiens outpacing them in terms of ...
Fact checking ancient Greek history: Teeth recovered from military gravesites contradict historical beliefs that no mercenaries were deployed in battles

Fact checking ancient Greek history: Teeth recovered from military gravesites contradict historical beliefs that no mercenaries were deployed in battles

Ancient historians loved to write about warfare and famous battles. While these millennia-old stories still feed modern imaginations – Homer’s ...
Ecological engineering: We could save endangered wildlife and fight pest-spreading diseases using cloning and gene editing. Should we?

Ecological engineering: We could save endangered wildlife and fight pest-spreading diseases using cloning and gene editing. Should we?

[Endangered black-footed ferrets] are especially susceptible to plague. While many of us have not given much thought to plague since ...
9 archaeological finds that have reshaped our views of human evolution

9 archaeological finds that have reshaped our views of human evolution

Here are nine of the most revealing discoveries that have changed our understanding of our early ancestors—and ourselves. ... 2 ...
Did ‘global cooling’ push multiple lines of early humans into extinction, paving way for Homo sapiens?

Did ‘global cooling’ push multiple lines of early humans into extinction, paving way for Homo sapiens?

Modern humans, called Homo sapiens, are part of the genus Homo, which has existed for at least 2.8 million years ...
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