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All We Need Is the Human Touch

Tami Shaikh | Posted 07.25.2014 | Technology
Tami Shaikh

Humans were made to be with humans not electronic devices. We need to turn our eyes towards our human fellows instead of small lit up screens. The touch of someone we love or even someone unknown is so much more comforting than just typing away.

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...

What Makes Us Human?

Rob Brooks | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

What separates humans from other animals, including our closest relatives? It's one of those big questions perennially posed by the evo-curious public. But until recently I seldom gave it much thought, mostly because the answers tend to get hung up on one trait or another.

Food (For Thought) on Earth Day

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My point today, on Earth Day, is that it doesn't matter if meat-based eating is good or even best for human health. It doesn't work in modern context. We can't have our population in excess of 7 billion, and eat our daily side of beef, too.

What Makes Us Human?

Thomas Suddendorf | Posted 02.08.2014 | Science
Thomas Suddendorf

We are the only species on this planet with the foresight capable of deliberately plotting a path toward a desirable long-term future. Plan it for the apes; because they can't.

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 mi...

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, ext...

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...