Katie Herron

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Humans met Neanderthals on way out of Africa, skull suggests

A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking …

An experimental Ebola vaccine looks promising in a human trial

It was made by introducing an Ebola gene in a chimpanzee cold virus<p>An Ebola vaccine produced using a chimpanzee common cold virus appears to be safe to use on humans, according to a study published today in the<i>New England Journal of Medicine</i><i>.</i> Three different doses of vaccine were tested on healthy …

Humanity is ending its Goldlilocks geological era

In the space of one lifetime, human interference is bringing the conditions of the Holocene - the only ones in which we know we can flourish - to an end, writes Geoffrey Lean<p>It has been a Goldilocks geological era. The last 11,700 years have not been too hot, or too cold, too wet or too dry and …

Climate Change

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Text Messaging

Giant Squid and Whale Sharks Not as Big as People Think

When it comes to determining the size of giant squid and other large sea animals, humans have a tendency to exaggerate, a new study suggests.<p>A team …

The Crisis of Free Speech

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was not just an attack on an institution but on a value.<p>The message of the Paris terrorists couldn’t have been clearer. They didn’t target the instruments of state power, the military or the police. They didn’t target the representatives of the state, its elected …

Religion

Computational Creativity and the What-If Machine

As computers have become more sophisticated, researchers have increasingly asked whether or not machines have the capability for creativity. Can we …

Compassion and the Real Meaning of the Golden Rule

<i>“Have compassion for everyone you meet,”</i> Lucinda Williams sings, for <i>“you do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone.”</i> This ode to what should be our baseline behavior to one another echoes like a great secular psalm in the cathedral of the human experience — a …

Mark Twain