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'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' our web browser extension, adds Firefox on Android support and more with v2.0

Article Contents<p>Back in December, we released a Chrome extension called 'Toolbox for Google Play Store.' It was designed to make the Play Store …

Meet Ring, the connected door bell company that just scored Richard Branson as an investor

Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring, a maker of a video doorbell, is proof that a missed connection isn’t the worst thing that can happen to an …

Big surprise: You can’t get Americans to accept evolution by giving them the facts

A new piece in <i>The Atlantic</i>, “You can’t educate people into believing in evolution” (shouldn’t that be “<i>accepting</i> evolution?”) reports the results of …

Making Rules For Rules: How The Pursuit Of Artificially Intelligent Design Is Changing Videogame Development

“All players believe in intelligent design,” Eskil Steenberg tells me. Steenberg is the designer behind the sprawling MMO Love, one of the first in a wave of recent games attempting to repopularize the idea of procedurally generated worlds first released in 2010. “I was a single person making a …

Got milk? Humans did 5,000 years ago

Why do humans drink milk? Archaeologists and geneticists have been puzzling over this question since they discovered that the mutations allowing …

Anthropology

Space Rock Sheds Light on Mysterious Mineral on Earth

A rock from space is giving scientists the first glimpse of a mineral long thought to be the most abundant mineral on Earth, but which researchers …

NASA Eyes 'Hedgehog' Invasion of Mars Moon Phobos

1 / 2<p>Mars' largest moon Phobos, as seen during a recent flyby performed by the European spacecraft Mars Express.<p>A daring, "Angry Birds"-like NASA …

Game theory analysis shows how evolution favors cooperation's collapse

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B. Plotkin published a mathematical explanation for why cooperation …

University of Pennsylvania

The palaeolithic diet and the unprovable links to our past

We still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the …

Anthropology

Turtles are related to BIRDS: 'Tree of life' genetic sequencing reveals reptiles' distant and unexpected relatives

• <b>Scientists used a new genetic sequencing technique to map relatives</b>• <b><br>The results, they say, reveal that turtles belong to a large group called</b> …

Earth - The 'Lucy' fossil rewrote the story of humanity

Forty years ago, on a Sunday morning in late November 1974, a team of scientists were digging in an isolated spot in the Afar region of Ethiopia.<p>Surveying the area, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson spotted a small part of an elbow bone. He immediately recognised it as coming from a human …

Natural History Museum

Watch Home-Schooler Mom Go Through a Science Museum and Destroy Evolution

In the video embedded below, fundamentalist Christian home-school mom and conservative cultural critic Megan Fox (no relation to actress Megan Fox) …

Monkeys

Asteroid Impact 3.3 Billion Years Ago "Dwarfed the Dinosaur-Extinction Event" (Thanksgiving Holiday Feature)

Although scientists had previously hypothesized enormous ancient impacts, much greater than the one that may have eliminated the dinosaurs, a 2014 …

Bill Nye: ‘Science is true, whether or not you believe it’

With his new book <i>Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation</i>, the Science Guy and Emmy-winning educator Bill Nye says he wants an evolution – says he wants to "change the world." We spoke to him about the religion-versus-science debate from New York, in advance of his appearance at the Queen …

Rapid changes in the gut microbiome during human evolution

Human lifestyles profoundly influence the communities of microorganisms that inhabit the body, that is, the microbiome; however, how the microbiomes …

Women and Warfare in Human Evolution

Evidence suggests that warfare is an ancient part of human life, dating back to when all humans lived as hunter-gatherers. Scientists who study the evolution of the human mind have paid considerable attention to the challenges that warfare posed for men and how it might have shaped male minds, but …

National Geographic's 'EAT: The Story of Food,' tackles food's impact on human evolution

While many television channels have been churned out endless hours of programming about food obsessions and observations, the National Geographic Channel has yet to tackle the subject--until now.<p>EAT: The Story of Food, a six-hour documentary miniseries debuting Nov. 21, takes on the enormous role …

A Magisterial Synthesis Of Apes And Human Evolution

There are books to read from cover to cover in a week or two, and then there are the ones you dip into over and over again, because they aren’t books so much as encyclopedias.<p>Russell H. Tuttle’s Apes and Human Evolution is one of these. Like the late Stephen Jay Gould’s magisterial <i>Structure of</i> …

The last unmapped places on Earth

Have we mapped the whole planet? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, there are mysterious, poorly charted places everywhere, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich …

Deep-Sea Dwellers Make A Natural Antibiotic

Humans aren't the only species that try to get rid of bacteria<p>On hot vents deep underneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there lives something unusual: a gene that fights bacteria. The gene belongs to a microscopic organism, scientifically named <i>Aciduliprofundum boonei</i>, that lives in the extreme …

X-ray image of the Perseus galaxy cluster reveals turbulence on a cosmic scale. http://on.io9.com/TFap9Co

DNA survives sub-orbital trip on the exterior of a rocket

DNA molecules smeared onto the exterior of a sub-orbital test rocket are capable of surviving a 13-minute trip into space and a scorching re-entry, European researchers say.<p>The scientists' surprising finding, which was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, suggests that genetic material is …

Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield

A team of scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible “Star Trek”-style shield that blocks so-called “killer electrons” 7,200 miles above Earth.<p>The electrons, which travel at near light-speed, are capable of damaging space electronics and can put astronauts in …

Turtles more closely related to birds than to lizards, according to landmark genetic study

The turtle evolutionary tree has been hotly debated for decades. Scientists finally have some answers.<p>They might not look it, but turtles are more …

Non-synonymous genetic variation in exonic regions of canine Toll-like receptors

We have identified 156 new variants in canine TLRs by massive sequencing after the enrichment of exonic regions. DNAs from 335 dogs (seven breeds) …

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Are Human Beings Naturally Violent And Warlike? | Issue 105

Your complimentary articles<p>You’ve read <b>one</b> of your four complimentary articles for this month.<p>You can read four articles free per month. To have …

University of Washington

Over 16,000 of Darwin's Papers On Evolution Are Now Available Online

Since 2007, the American Museum of Natural History and the Darwin Manuscripts Project have been digitizing Charles Darwin's writings on evolution, …

40 Years Later, Lucy Discoverer Don Johanson Adds to Human Origin Story

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's been 40 years since paleoanthropologist Don Johanson found the first piece of one of the world's most famous skeletons, a 3.2 million-year-old human ancestor nicknamed Lucy. During those four decades, Johanson and his peers have rewritten the story of our species' origins. And …

Anthropology

Revealing The Unseen Picasso

Two Picasso exhibitions reveal a hitherto hidden side to the famous artist, both in photographs and in relation to the women closest, and most …