Around 80,000 years ago, a small group left Africa and radiated around the globe, taking with them a subset of their ancestors' genetic variation. Now, that subset dominates genetic and health studies worldwide.
By Vicky Stein
Religion is a fundamental feature of humanity, but did our ancestors need it to form complex societies?…
By Nsikan Akpan
Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering from the second-worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history, with more than 500 dead so far. Neighboring Uganda is watching with concern as the crisis unfolds, wary of allowing…
By Fred de Sam Lazaro
The best way to ride an escalator isn't what you'd expect, but it's 27 percent more efficient.
By Lesley Strawderman, The Conversation
By Hari Sreenivasan, Sam Weber, Connie Kargbo, Theresa Lewis
To understand the history of climate change, researchers are digging underneath the ocean floor where organisms and plants have accumulated in sediment over millennia. Maureen Raymo studies this science of paleoclimatology using a vast collection of materials at Columbia University’s…
By Steven Moran, Balthasar Bickel, The Conversation
Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.
By Nsikan Akpan, Jamie Leventhal
A new book explains how simple inventions, like the New York City pizza oven, allow certain food producers to dominate their global supply chains.
By Jackie Shafer, WOSU
With his series of crayon works, Ohio artist Christian Faur is not only creating photorealistic portraits out of art supplies traditionally relegated to children, but he’s also making the crayons from scratch. Jackie Shafer of WOSU in Columbus has this…
They wouldn’t survive the deserts of Tatooine or the frigid planet Hoth, but these newly described, tarantula-like spiders are named after the stormtroopers who marched through the “Star Wars” movies.
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