Alyx Harper

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Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.<p>Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.<p>The Blue …

45,000-Year-Old Bone Pinpoints Era of Human-Neanderthal Sex

DNA from an ancient man in Siberia shows how Stone Age people spread into Asia.<p>Unearthed by an ivory carver from a Siberian riverbank, a man's 45,000-year-old thigh bone reveals when people first mated with Neanderthals, an international genetics team reports Wednesday.<p>The Ust'-Ishim man's thigh …

Anthropology

Jack Horner: Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour e<i>pisode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Jack Horner's TED Talk</b><p>Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.<p><b>About Jack Horner</b><p>Even as a paleontologist, I imagine them fighting, I …

Spencer Wells: Are All Human Beings Related?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Spencer Wells' TED Talk</b><p>Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.<p><b>About Spencer Wells</b><p>Written in our DNA, we have a historical document that takes us back in time …

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David Gruber: Seeing the Ocean in Neon

Researcher discovered a never-before-seen world of glowing ocean creatures.<p><i>Editor's Note: David Gruber is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the</b> …

Biology