birds, biotechnology, human evolution
Hominins Left Africa for Asia Much Earlier Than Thought
Hominins Left Africa for Asia Much Earlier Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jul 11, 2018
The dating of stone tools in China puts members of the Homo genus there more than 2 million years ago.
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
The function of early hominins’ enlarged brow ridges, and their reduction in size in Homo sapiens, have puzzled paleoanthropologists for decades.
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
Shawna Williams | Jul 1, 2018
A study of Shuar children in Ecuador provides a window into how the human body responds to infection in the sorts of conditions that shaped our species’ evolution.
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The new technique uses an enzyme found in vertebrate immune systems to attach nucleotides to a growing strand.  
Theranos Leaders Indicted For Fraud
Theranos Leaders Indicted For Fraud
Ashley Yeager | Jun 18, 2018
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges that allege the company’s promise to revolutionize blood testing swindled investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and put patients in danger.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Image of the Day: Migrating Storks
Image of the Day: Migrating Storks
Jim Daley | May 25, 2018
Ornithologists tagged 27 juvenile birds to track the way they use updrafts of air heated by the sun to migrate over long distances.
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 24, 2018
A mass extinction event from an asteroid hitting Earth wiped out forests and, concurrently, tree-dwelling birds.  
Opinion: Should Human-Animal Chimeras Be Granted “Personhood”?
Opinion: Should Human-Animal Chimeras Be Granted “Personhood”?
John D. Loike | May 23, 2018
Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.