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7 Amazing Places Where People Are (Literally) Living On The Edge

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel

Some people may think they like "living on the edge," but there are a few places around the world where people are doing just that. Check out the ...

Will We Be the Next Extinction?

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

While modern man, as we know it, she says, arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago, we may go the way of the Dodo bird if we don't change our ways.

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

Ancient Hearth Discovered In Controversial Cave

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 01.28.2014 | Science

A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 ye...

What We Learned About Human Origins In 2013

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi, | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The existence of a mysterious ancient human lineage and the possibility that the earliest humans were actually all one species were among the human-e...

Does the Recent Homo Discovery Change Our Understanding of Human Evolution?

Cadell Last | Posted 12.22.2013 | Science
Cadell Last

The recent discovery of a fantastically complete early Homo skull from Dmanisi, Georgia (dated to about 1.8 million years old) has set off a proverbial "bomb" in the paleoanthropological community.

Homo Sapiens Cybens

Francis Levy | Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

In an Op-Ed piece entitled "Weiner's Woman," (NYT, 7/30/13), Susan Jacoby remarks that women who participate in internet sex are "not victims of men l...

WATCH: Is The Human Race In Danger Of Becoming Extinct Soon?

Louise Leakey | Posted 09.04.2013 | Home
Louise Leakey

2013-07-03-leakeypullWhat the fossil record does is force us to contemplate our place on the planet. We are but one species of several hominids that inhabited planet earth and like our distant cousins who went extinct fairly recently, our time on planet earth is also finite.

When Sentient Artificial Intelligence Becomes Reality

Foz Meadows | Posted 06.14.2013 | Home
Foz Meadows

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf and when sentient AI becomes reality, will it, too, have the capacity to both anthropomorphize and dehumanize other beings in relation to itself? And if it did, would we view it as more or less human depending on which skill it used to refine its opinion of humanity?

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Your DNA Contributes To Humanity's Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

Our human lineage is not actually linear. In fact, it's more of a branching tree, telling the story of our origins in Africa and our migrations throug...

Building a Nuclear Reactor, Rolling a Ball of Poop in a Straight Line: What's the Diff?

Ken White | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

Readers of my posts know I'm drawn to discoveries which shorten that perceived distance between Homo sapiens and the rest of the animals on Mother Earth. It's not that I don't think we're special; rather, it's that I think all of life is special.

Artifacts Suggest Lethal Weapons Predated Homo Sapiens

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 11.15.2012 | Science

NEW YORK -- Scientists say they've found evidence that stone tips for spears were made much earlier than thought, maybe even created by an earlier anc...

Confessions of a Homo sapiens Chauvinist

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 11.04.2012 | Science
Steven Paul Leiva

We are a cognizant, intelligent, contemplating species, possibly the only such species in the universe. Even if we aren't, we should act as if we are that precious. Our purpose, then, should be to thrive and to be the universe's means of self-contemplation, to be the mind of the universe.

Neanderthals Getting a Colorful Upgrade

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.21.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

At long last, these creatures who roamed the Continent for hundreds of thousands of years only to become extinct 30,000 years ago under the onslaught of modern humans from Africa are getting a major upgrade by the scientific community.

'Unique' Fossil Discovery May Reveal New Human Species

Posted 05.14.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 03/14/2012 11:09 AM EDT on LiveScience Mysterious fossils of what may be a previously unknown...

7 Ways To Tell If You're Human

Joanna Bourke | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Joanna Bourke

Does intellectual ability make us human? Or self-consciousness? Or the possession of a soul? Or tool-making? Or private property? Or genetic inheritance? Whatever definition we choose, it excludes some creatures we might want to include in the "human."

Our Dark Universe

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology
Patrick Takahashi

The recent news flash that researchers had observed a neutrino particle exceeding the speed of light did not excite the world much. If true, though, this bit of information should totally change physics as we know it.

Music's Ability To Change The Brain

Mark Changizi, Ph.D. | Posted 10.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Changizi, Ph.D.

We are aliens ... to our original Homo sapiens genetically-identical selves. And the harnesser is no extra-terrestrial creature.

Neanderthal DNA Found In Human DNA: Human Ancestors Mated With Extinct Species, Researchers Say

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — We have met Neanderthal and he is us – at least a little. The most detailed look yet at the Neanderthal genome helps answer o...

'Wild People' Were Species Of Early Human, Speculates Folklorist Michael Heaney

USA Today | Dan Vergano | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Siberia's Denisova cave held the pinky bone of an unknown early human species, a genetics team reported in March. The Naturejournal study, led by Joha...

Neanderthal Genes: The Hidden Thread in Our Tapestry

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The just-published draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome may reveal that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens indeed interbred when the latter first came out of Africa.

Humans May Have Faced Extinction 1 Million Years Ago

Scientific American | Carina Storrs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

New genetic findings suggest that early humans living about one million years ago were extremely close to extinction....