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David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’

For David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong. “We are now making so many startling insights I …

Native Americans

The Making of 'Pillars of Creation,' One of the Most Amazing Images of Our Universe

<i>Pretty Scientific</i> <i>is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why.</i><p>Three pillars of gas and dust sit among …

Universe

A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Consciousness

If you’re over 40 and work, you’re in for some big surprises

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Boomers and Gen X-ers: Your working world is in for major disruptions between now and …

Retirement

Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike

We like to think of the story of human growth as a single, long ascent. In fact, it’s a solitary spike. The population growth rate hovered just above zero for more than 10,000 years. Only after something happened in the 1700s did the growth rate begin to climb, and climb, and climb.<p>With the …

Ask Ethan: Why Haven't We Bumped Into Another Universe Yet?

The Universe we inhabit is vast, full of matter and energy, and expanding at a tremendous clip. Looking billions of light years away, we can see billions of years into our ancient past, finding evidence of newly-forming planets, stars, and galaxies. We’ve seen so far back that we’ve identified …

Dark Matter

Behind the Scenes of How Chocolate Is Actually Made

In recent years, Brazil has become a leader in the international chocolate market: It is the seventh-largest cacao producer in the world, known for …

Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence

In the early ’90s, Elizabeth Behrman, a physics professor at Wichita State University, began working to combine quantum physics with artificial …

Five big philosophical questions: my modest take

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Oxford University Press

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

Coloring Book

4 Types of Parenting Styles and Their Effects on Kids

Your parenting style can affect everything from how much your child weighs to how she feels about herself. It's important to ensure your parenting …

Parenting

Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in Israel

A prehistoric jawbone discovered in a cave in Israel has prompted scientists to rethink theories of how the earliest human pioneers came to populate the planet, suggesting that our ancestors left Africa far earlier than previously thought.<p>The fossil, dated to nearly 200,000 years ago, is almost …

Humanity

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their …

Social Media

What Is Time? A Simple Explanation

Time is familiar to everyone, yet hard to define and understand. Science, philosophy, religion, and the arts have different definitions of time, but …

Physics

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

University of Pennsylvania

From Anthropocene To Ecocene By 2050?

The unprecedented transformation and ecological decline caused by human activities since 1950 has prompted scientists to mark the end of the Holocene geological epoch, and the beginning of the “Anthropocene” – the human era. Never before has a single species of organism so dominated and damaged the …

Anthropocene

The Randomness of Language Evolution

English is shaped by more than natural selection.<p>Joshua Plotkin’s dive into the evolution of language began with clarity—and also a lack of it.<p>Today, if you wanted to talk about something that’s clear, you’d say that it has <i>clarity</i>. But if you were around in 1890, you would almost certainly have …

Linguistics

Slow flow of human immigration may have doomed Neanderthals

What killed off the Neanderthals? It's a big debate, and now a study says that no matter what the answer, they were doomed anyway.<p>Our close evolutionary cousins enjoyed a long run in Europe and Asia, but they disappeared about 40,000 years ago after modern humans showed up from Africa.<p>The search …

'We've found the missing 20,000 years': crucial piece in human migration puzzle

In 1890, Dutch palaeoanthropologist Eugene Dubois, exploring the dense rainforest that covers the Padang Highlands of Sumatra, entered a particular …

What the world would look like if all the ice melted

If the world keeps burning fossil fuels and releasing carbon emissions indefinitely, climate change will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and …

Climate Change

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Climate Change

First humans emerged in Africa 2.8 million years ago during sudden climate change

The famous 'Lucy' species went extinct as the land dried out, while the earliest humans thrived.<p>The first humans lived in a dry and grassy landscape …

13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter.<p>Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) are …

Singularity

Introducing the Open Humanity Framework

<b>Learning to code yourself</b><p><b>The Problem</b><p>Almost everyone has lost touch with natural, inherent wholeness, and therefore with the naturally available …

InterAct

History-changing discovery suggests Homo sapiens were not the first humans in America

For decades, the accepted theory of human migration suggested that Homo sapiens arrived to America around 15,000 years ago, and that they were the …

Mexico City

How to talk to your kids about family addiction

By the time my daughter Christina was 4, she had attended the funerals of my elder sister and my mother, both of whom died of alcoholism-related illness at the respective ages of 42 and 67.<p>I don’t remember the first time Christina asked how her “Nonnie” and aunt died, but I do remember my answer: …

Parenting

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

What to do with a controlling 7-year-old?

<i>Q: My son is 7, and basically every day we argue with him about getting dressed. He often asks us to dress him, which of course we don’t do. Every night when he brushes his teeth and goes to the bathroom, he asks for or demands company in the four minutes it takes to complete those tasks. When he</i> …

Parenting

Oh no! Middle School! A frazzled girl’s journey.

As a middle-schooler, Booki Vivat stressed over what her “thing” was: What was the thing that made her special? Now, the 20-something is mining that territory in a book that is resonating with tweens.<p>Her debut book, “Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom,” chronicles the life of …

Parenting