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Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the …

Anthropology

It's Time To Retire 'Theistic Evolution'

When you read enough in the religion/science debates these days, especially when it comes to Christianity and evolution, you realize there are a whole pack of creationists who don’t like other Christians embracing evolution.<p>They have a name for them. ‘Theistic Evolutionists’. And it’s not meant as …

The Science Of Earth's Airglow

<i>What is Airglow?</i> Yep, let’s start right there. It is something many people probably are not aware of at all. In fact, I first learned of it only 20 years ago as a scientist for NASA. I was inspired to feature it after seeing this amazing view of Earth posted on Facebook by a colleague. Before I …

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

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Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

The secret to human life on earth is found … on a Scottish island. All hail this 440-million-year-old fungus

It might not look much, but without this fossilized Scottish fungus you probably would not exist.<p>Some 440 million years ago this tiny organism was …

University of Cambridge

Ice Age Human Footprints in Canada Reveal a Walk on the Beach Taken 13,000 Years Ago

Figuring out how to ignite fire has long been considered one of humankind's most monumental achievements. While pop culture often depicts our …

The Meaning of Human Existence

In his New York Times bestseller <i>The Meaning of Human Existence</i>, Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson discusses (among other things) the meaning, significance, and freedom of human beings. In doing so, he identifies several questions a worldview must answer regarding human existence. What is the meaning …

Earth could be unique among 700 quintillion planets in the Universe

But what if - statistically speaking - the odds are stacked against us finding another planet even remotely like Earth?<p>That's the thinking behind a new study by an international team of researchers, which has taken what we know about the exoplanets that lie outside our Solar System and fed the data …

Universe

There's an unsettling reason why we know about the gigantic fireball that no one ever saw

This fireball likely exploded with the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, but it did so over the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles away from the nearest inhabited region.<p>So, if no one saw or heard this enormous explosion — which, to date, is the largest since the Chelyabinsk meteor rampaged …

Earth Science

Earth Could Be Unique Among 700 Quintillion Planets in The Universe, Study Finds

One of these things is not like the others.<p>So much of humanity’s astronomical research is based around the notion of finding something like us out …

Unlocking one of the great secrets of Earth's evolution

An international team including scientists at the University of St Andrews has unlocked the secret of one of the great events of Earth's evolution – …

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …

Hot Springs

An Asteroid Will Pass Earth So Closely Next Month That We Could See It in the Sky

Let’s be very clear here: There is simply no possibility that Asteroid 2013 TX68 will get close enough to hit Earth when it flies by on March 5th. …

Earth Is Actually TWO Planets, Study Finds

Go ahead and forget what you know about the origins of the Earth and moon.<p>The giant impact hypothesis -- the popular belief that a "planetary embryo" called Theia collided with Earth some 4.5 billion years ago, leading to the formation of our planet's moon -- has been around for a while.<p>But a …

Astronomy