Why the famous ‘march of human evolution’ illustration is so misleading

Why the famous ‘march of human evolution’ illustration is so misleading

It's the diagram of evolution we're all familiar with – starting with an ape figure which slowly turns into an ...
Neuroscience of emotions: what we ‘see’ — smiles, frowns, puckered brows — are actually social constructs that your brain has learned from infancy

Neuroscience of emotions: what we ‘see’ — smiles, frowns, puckered brows — are actually social constructs that your brain has learned from infancy

If you show pictures of actors portraying [common] emotions to people in all corners of the earth, they pretty reliably ...
The exabyte data solution? How we can store all of the world’s data in microscopic silica particles placed in DNA

The exabyte data solution? How we can store all of the world’s data in microscopic silica particles placed in DNA

On Earth right now, there are about 10 trillion gigabytes of digital data, and every day, humans produce emails, photos, ...
Did the global pandemic trigger a worldwide mental health crisis? Here’s why those fears never played out

Did the global pandemic trigger a worldwide mental health crisis? Here’s why those fears never played out

As clinical scientists and research psychologists have pointed out, the coronavirus pandemic has created many conditions that might lead to ...
73% drop in HIV infections over the past 40 years

73% drop in HIV infections over the past 40 years

HIV infections have declined by 73 percent nationwide since peaking in the mid-1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...
How the human brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque

How the human brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque

David Eagleman, 50, is an American neuroscientist, bestselling author and presenter of the BBC series The Brain, as well as ...
Infographic: Gene transfer mystery — How 'antifreeze' genes jumped from one species to another without sex

Infographic: Gene transfer mystery — How ‘antifreeze’ genes jumped from one species to another without sex

It isn’t surprising... that herrings and smelts, two groups of fish that commonly roam the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic ...
Intellia’s disease-eradicating CRISPR tool is injected directly into the bloodstream. Here’s why that’s such a big deal

Intellia’s disease-eradicating CRISPR tool is injected directly into the bloodstream. Here’s why that’s such a big deal

CRISPR gives us the ability to correct genetic mutations, and given that such mutations are responsible for more than 6,000 ...
How a blobby, brainless, bright yellow slime mold is redefining our understanding of human cognition

How a blobby, brainless, bright yellow slime mold is redefining our understanding of human cognition

This slime mold species has thrived, more or less unchanged, for a billion years in its damp, decaying habitats. And, ...
Viewpoint: ‘We can’t trust the biotechnology industry to act responsibly’ — Why mixing human and primate cells for research purposes needs strict government oversight

Viewpoint: ‘We can’t trust the biotechnology industry to act responsibly’ — Why mixing human and primate cells for research purposes needs strict government oversight

Researchers from the United States and China announced in April that they had created the first ever human–primate chimeras. Mixing ...
Persuasion machines: AI can now debate humans. We still win — for now

Persuasion machines: AI can now debate humans. We still win — for now

Stand aside, Siri and Alexa. An IBM team led by artificial intelligence (A.I.) researcher Noam Slonim has devised a system ...
‘We create mosquito sex parties’: How an eco-friendly, AI-guided release of sterile mosquito females might control the scourge of disease-carrying insects

‘We create mosquito sex parties’: How an eco-friendly, AI-guided release of sterile mosquito females might control the scourge of disease-carrying insects

Jerusalem-based Diptera.ai has figured out a way to use AI to fight the growing threat of mosquitoes, which are spreading ...
‘Cutting nickel-size holes in your skull and plunging in metal-tipped electrodes’: Could deep brain stimulation cure drug addiction?

‘Cutting nickel-size holes in your skull and plunging in metal-tipped electrodes’: Could deep brain stimulation cure drug addiction?

After nearly two decades of hardcore drug addiction — after overdoses and rehabs and relapses, homelessness and dead friends and ...
An instinct for numbers? Ancient humans and even some animals evolved the ability to count

An instinct for numbers? Ancient humans and even some animals evolved the ability to count

Although researchers once thought that humans were the only species with a sense of quantity, studies since the mid-twentieth century ...
Is this skull unearthed in Israel the ‘missing link’ in human evolution that scientists have been hoping for?

Is this skull unearthed in Israel the ‘missing link’ in human evolution that scientists have been hoping for?

[A newly discovered] hominin, or early human, has been named Nesher Ramla, after the site outside the city of Ramla ...
Edible cholera vaccine made from genetically modified rice may be on the way

Edible cholera vaccine made from genetically modified rice may be on the way

A new vaccine to protect against deadly cholera has been made by grinding up genetically modified grains of rice. The ...
How tall will your children be? Here are the nature versus nurture factors

How tall will your children be? Here are the nature versus nurture factors

We often consider our height as being unchangeable, determined by our genetic make-up from when we were conceived. After all, ...
Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Researchers and drug makers have labored fruitlessly for decades to develop treatments that can slow [Alzheimer's] disease’s progression. More than ...
Why sickle cell disease is a perfect target candidate for CRISPR gene editing

Why sickle cell disease is a perfect target candidate for CRISPR gene editing

When the gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 was discovered in 2012 by Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, it changed ...
Considering using green tea extract, guar gum or acupuncture to lose weight? Think twice, studies show

Considering using green tea extract, guar gum or acupuncture to lose weight? Think twice, studies show

A new comprehensive study published in the journal Obesity on June 23 has found that dietary supplements do not result in ...
When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

The composition of our air and water is different from what it was even a few decades ago. There is ...
Viewpoint: ‘It’s banned in Europe fallacy’ — How advocacy groups weaponize EU’s questionable ‘precautionary’ bans on genetic engineering and chemicals

Viewpoint: ‘It’s banned in Europe fallacy’ — How advocacy groups weaponize EU’s questionable ‘precautionary’ bans on genetic engineering and chemicals

The argument, in a nutshell, asserts that something is dangerous or likely dangerous simply because it is banned in some ...
South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya can run 800 meters faster than any woman on the planet. But the two-time Olympic gold ...
50,000 years ago, the Negev desert was home to consorting humans and Neanderthals

50,000 years ago, the Negev desert was home to consorting humans and Neanderthals

A recent reexamining of artifacts from the Boker Tachtit archaeological excavation site in Israel’s central Negev desert has found that ...
Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Backed by governments, business, academics and investors in an industry worth $110bn (£82.5bn) – and estimated to be worth $610bn ...
Can advertisers invade your dreams?

Can advertisers invade your dreams?

[B]rands from Xbox to Coors to Burger King are teaming up with some scientists to attempt [to] “engineer” advertisements into ...
Suffering from a broken heart? It’s shocks the brain, impacts us like a mild heart attack and disproportionately affects women

Suffering from a broken heart? It’s shocks the brain, impacts us like a mild heart attack and disproportionately affects women

Takotsubo syndrome, also known as broken heart syndrome, is a rare, reversible condition with symptoms mimicking a mild heart attack ...
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