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Evidence That Friends Really Are The Family We Choose

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Sister from another mister. Brother from another mother. The family you choose. When it comes to describing your friends, those turns of phrase ma...

Ancient Ear Raises New Questions About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science

The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal has an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, accordin...

PHOTOS: 'Pit Of Bones' Skulls Confirm Neanderthals' Stepwise Evolution

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 06.23.2014 | Science

The emergence of Neanderthals is just as mysterious as their disappearance about 30,000 years ago. A study of skulls from a possible burial pit in nor...

Human, Chimp Forebears May Have Diverged Way Earlier Than We Thought

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

The ancestors of humans and chimpanzees may have begun genetically diverging from one another 13 million years ago, more than twice as long ago as h...

The End of the Universe: A Search Between Rising Disorder and Complexity

Cadell Last | Posted 06.06.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

In his new book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in Cosmological Perspective, philosopher Clement Vidal explores the two main trends of the universe: rising disorder and complexity. As a result, his investigation takes us to the most extreme conditions possible in our universe.

Brain Evolution Study Shows What We Gave Up To Get Smart

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.29.2014 | Science

Humans may be smart because energy once devoted to brawn was given up for brains, researchers say. The most powerful computer known is the brain. Th...

Extinction and the New Human

Daniel Levine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Daniel Levine

We often justify our culture by referring to the ideals of our "forefathers," by which we mean the political, enterprising men who wrote our Constitution. But our true ancestors were the Neanderthals.

Scientist Answers Key Question About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural Hi...

Were Scientists Wrong About Early Humans?

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Science

Modern humans may have dispersed in more than one wave of migration out of Africa, and they may have done so earlier than scientists had long thought...

Extending the Mind

Cadell Last | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

In our modern world, language still reigns supreme. Every aspect of our existence is dependent on the ability to think and speak using a conceptual ruled-based linguistic code.

Why There Will Be No Cure for Depression

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Jonathan Rottenberg

In an era of tight budgets, supporters of depression research argue that more funding is needed to find a cure. That's logical-sounding but may be totally wrong. Depression's toll has risen even as more research and treatment resources have been poured into combating it.

Where Is the Exit?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 04.05.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

Seventeen years ago, on a rainy day, I was sitting in a Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles with close associate and fellow traveler, Carlos Castaneda. We had been discussing the near impossibility of, somehow, freeing oneself from the mind . . . the ego centered self or me.

Fewer Republicans Believe In Evolution Now Than In 2009

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution now than in 2009, according to a Pew Research Survey released Monday. In 2009, 54 percent of R...

Surprising Number Of Americans Still Don't Believe In Evolution

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

One in three Americans doesn't believe in evolution, according to new survey results from the Pew Research Center. The results, released Monday in ...

Institutionalized Insanity and Humanity's Existential Crisis

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Steve Bhaerman

What if all of Humanity today called forth our current resources in a massive campaign to create renewable, nonpolluting energy so abundant that no armies are needed to defend it?

Fossil Find Rewrites Timeline Of Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The discovery of a 1.4-million-year-old hand-bone fossil reveals that the modern human ability to make and use complex tools may have originated far e...

Tiny Foragers: How Do We Know What's Safe to Eat?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's the holiday season, and we'll soon be decorating our home with greenery -- holly sprigs, poinsettia, maybe a mistletoe, and of course the tree, probably some kind of spruce. What we are doing in effect is creating a treacherous world for our youngest revelers to explore.

LOOK: Writer Will Walk For 7 Years, And This Is Just The Beginning

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

"Are you crazy? Are you sick?" These are questions Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is going to have t...

This Guy May Have Been Making Complex Weapons Long Before We Were

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science

Our early ancestors may have been cleverer than we once thought. An international team of researchers said last week they had found evidence that ...

REVEALED: How Shifts In Ancient Climate Led To Bigger Brains

| Mark Maslin, The Conversation | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. It should ...

Little Bloodsuckers Offer Big Insights Into Human Evolution

LiveScience | Wynne Parry | Posted 11.12.2013 | Science

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Clues to human evolution generally come from fossils left by ancestors and the molecular trail encoded in the human genome as i...

Where and When Did Humans Evolve?

Cadell Last | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

Our global presence is quite recent, and although we may look different, we are actually a genetically homogenous species compared to other great apes. This makes most of our differences superficial.

Are You Okay? You Smell Like Cytokines.

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

The healthy would have a better chance of surviving an epidemic if they could identify its first victims -- while they are still looking well -- and steer clear. Unfortunately, those early churnings of the immune system are far too subtle to detect. Or maybe not.

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.

Oddball Skull Suggests We Were Wrong About Early Humans

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 10.18.2013 | Science

The earliest, now-extinct human lineages, once thought to be multiple species, may actually have been one species, researchers now controversially su...