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Extending the Mind

Cadell Last | Posted 03.11.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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...

What Is the 'Internet of Things'?

Cadell Last | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Cadell Last

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently the idea of the IoT has many definitions. Most include a world in the not-too-distant future where most objects are computerized and seamlessly integrated into our information network, creating "smart" grids, homes, and environments.

Is the Internet Evolving Into a Global Brain?

Cadell Last | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science
Cadell Last

So what will a fully mature Internet look like? How will it change the structure of our world? What will the Internet be in 2050?

Prehistoric Tools Suggest Neanderthals Taught Modern Humans

LiveScience | Charles Choi | Posted 08.13.2013 | Science

Neanderthals apparently created the oldest known examples of a kind of bone tool used in Europe, thus raising the possibility that modern humans may ...

Strange Hairy Creature's Fossilized Body Found In Ancient Lake

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

An extremely well-preserved rodentlike fossil recently discovered in China provides some of the best evidence yet for how the earliest human ancestor...

What Percent Of Americans Believe That Humans Evolved Without God?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion

Though the number of Americans who believe that human beings evolved without God's influence has increased since 2004, the percentage may still prove ...

Baseball Study Spotlights Key Factor In Human Evolution

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science

Retired baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax is regarded as one of the most talented players to have ever stepped on the mound, but new research suggests he ...

FREAKY: Is THIS The Future Of The Human Face?

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.11.2013 | Science

What might humans look like in the distant future? Nickolay Lamm, a Pittsburgh-based artist, has created four sci-fi-like illustrations showing one...

Tiny Fossils May Yield Big Insights Into Human Origins

| Posted 05.14.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter Researchers debate when language first evolved, but one thing is sure: Language requires us not only to talk but also to listen. A...

Early Humans Loved To Eat Brains

Newser.com | Posted 07.05.2013 | Weird News

Our evolutionary ancestors were hungry for braaaiiins--antelope brains, that is. Sets of animal bones recently unearthed in Kenya, believed to be the ...