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How Long Have Humans Held Sway Over Earth?

| David Biello | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Want to know when the Anthropocene started exactly? It will only cost an entirely revamped scientific effort in archaeology, ecology and paleontology,...

Global Food Study Shows Ominous Shift In Human Diet

natureheader | Hannah Hoag | Posted 12.04.2013 | Science

The fast-growing economies of China and India are driving a global increase in meat consumption, cancelling out decreases elsewhere, according to a co...

WHOA: 11 Science Facts That Seem More Like Science Fiction

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 11.28.2013 | Science

In our hectic, mile-a-minute existences, it's easy to forget just how amazing our world truly is. Fortunately, the authors of the newly published 1...

What If Our Big Brain Isn't That Different

Rebel Brown | Posted 07.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Rebel Brown

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn her powerful TEDTalk, Louise Leakey shares that we are big brained, upright and walking hominids. It's that big brain that differentiates us from our homo erectus brothers, including the chimpanzee and great apes.

Humans, Stars, and the Big Bang

Mario Livio | Posted 07.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Mario Livio

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhere did the atoms of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, phosphorus, and iron (all essential for life) come from? When Joni Mitchell sang "We are stardust," she was poetically giving the correct answer to this question.

Consciousness Glimpsed In Babies HOW Young?

| Posted 04.19.2013 | Science

By Paul Gabrielsen For everyone who's looked into an infant's sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there's now an answ...

WikiNuggets, Vol.1

Tim Mattingly | Posted 06.16.2013 | Comedy
Tim Mattingly

I would know a whole lot less if Wikipedia didn't exist. A day rarely passes by without something piquing my interest and then suddenly I'm learning all about the mating rituals of porpoises.

Stone-Age Jewelry Reveals Ancient Fashion Trend

| Posted 03.09.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter The 2013 Academy Awards were, as always, as much about making appearances as about making films, as red carpet watchers noted fa...

REVEALED: Why Pain Can Be Pleasurable

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 02/26/2013 03:08 PM EST on LiveScience Pain isn't always a pain. Sometimes it can actually feel...

A Brand-New Word!

Waldo Mellon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Waldo Mellon

Like the soul, the Voocule is not something that can be actually seen or picked up or even located. Therefore, it may require some mental gymnastics to understand.

Boxing Study Spotlights Evolution Of Human Hand

Posted 12.21.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/19/2012 06:51 PM EST on LiveScience Human hands may have evolved their unique shape in order...

EXPLAINED: Why Humans Are Made Of Carbon

| Posted 11.13.2012 | Science

By S.E. Gould Everything on earth is made up of combinations of different elements – all of which can be found on the periodic table. Considering ...

Blindsided

Jonathan Gifford | Posted 12.31.2012 | Books
Jonathan Gifford

Have you ever made what seemed like a cool-headed and clever decision, only to look back later and wonder what you were thinking of? When some entirely likely disaster strikes, do you find yourself asking how this could possibly have happened? Welcome to being blindsided.

What Are Some Mind-Blowing Facts About Anthropology?

Quora | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By John David Ward, teacher I don't know whether what's mind-blowing to me is what's mind-blowing to y...

Early Human Bones Part Of 'Paleoanthropological Jackpot'

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

By Kate Wong Readers of this blog may have noticed that I’m obsessed with a recently discovered member of the human family tree: the nearly two m...

Distant Human Ancestor Had Head Like WHAT?

Posted 06.14.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 06/13/2012 01:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Peer far enough back in the human family linea...

Humans Originated In Africa? New Fossils Suggest Otherwise

Posted 06.05.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/04/2012 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience The ancestors of monkeys, apes and humans may have o...

Apes Have People-Like Personalities? What Scientists Now Say

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

What makes you you? Psychologists say human personalities include what they call "the big five” traits: agreeableness, openness to experience, extro...

Satellite Spies Thousands of Ancient Human Settlements

Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/19/2012 03:15 PM EDT on LiveScience Ancient humans have changed the landscape around thei...

The Human Technology That Sets Us Apart

Mark Changizi, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Changizi, Ph.D.

We humans have speech because spoken words have culturally evolved to sound like nature. We speak because we've been nature-harnessed, not because we evolved to speak.

Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats: The Definitive Reason

Jesse Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jesse Shapiro

I've always been a dog guy. I think most sane people feel the same way. I'll go so far as to say that 98% of all house cats would kill you if they could.

True Blood Is Making Me Want To Be a Vegan

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

Eating meat and watching True Blood doesn't always sit well, so in the spirit of the conscientious Bill Compton, our Sunday's have gone vegan.

What Is Your Place In The World?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver I just retur...

Worth Watching: Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Home"

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Avital Andrews

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's method is to get somewhere high, usually a helicopter or a paraglider, and point his camera downward. The results are usually magnificent, and last year, they inspired a film.

Will Machines Take Over the World? The Scientific Turning Point

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Imagine watching TV without a screen or communicating with friends without facebook. Would you have an implant to be smarter? What's the status of the science? When do humans become obsolete?