culture, books, 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.
Image of the Day: Blooming Algae
Image of the Day: Blooming Algae
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 9, 2018
The British Phycological Society declares the winners of a photography contest for images of algae.
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.
Image of the Day: Protector
Image of the Day: Protector
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 29, 2018
A newly described parasitic wasp is named after Daenerys Targaryen from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and TV show Game of Thrones.
Two University of Rochester Professors Resign in Protest
Two University of Rochester Professors Resign in Protest
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi had sued the university over its handling of sexual harassment allegations made against colleague Florian Jaeger.
Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns
Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018
His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
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: Agar Art
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018
The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar.