DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans
Europe is famously tesselated, with different cultural and language groups clustering in different regions. But how did they all get there? And how are they related?
New lobster-like predator found in 508 million-year-old fossil-rich site
What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent graspi ...
A healthy public domain generates millions in economic value—not bad for 'free'
It's frequently claimed that copyright law should be made more restrictive and copyright terms extended in order to provide an incentive for content creators.
Why environmental politics is at an impasse
Daniel Hausknost (Institute of Social Ecology) has analysed the structural constraints contributing to the deadlock in environmental politics.
Quantum compute this—Mathematicians build code to take on toughest of cyber attacks
Washington State University mathematicians have designed an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer.
85 college students tried to draw the Apple logo from memory: 84 failed
"You can observe a lot just by watching." - Yogi Berra
Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today
One of the dominant theories of our evolution is that our genus, Homo, evolved from small-bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier and longer legged Homo erectus that was able to migrate beyond Africa ...
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Stereotypes lower math performance in women, but effects go unrecognized
A new study from Indiana University suggests that gender stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe ...
Personality test finds Britain's most extroverted, agreeable and emotionally stable regions
A survey of almost 400,000 British residents has highlighted significant differences in personalities between regions. Amongst its finding, it shows Scots to be amongst the friendliest and most co-operative ...
Mathematicians solve 60-year-old problem
A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated ...
Economist probes the high cost of health care
When Zack Cooper arrived at Yale as assistant professor of public health and economics, he gained access to a first-of-its-kind dataset. Working with the non-profit Health Care Cost Institute, Cooper and ...
Will you ever pay off your student loan?
Would-be participants of higher education must be given full and transparent advice before they accumulate debts as students that follow them into the workplace, according to a report published in the International Journal of ...
Cash remains king in Chile but its days could be numbered
For more than a year now, Chileans have endured a crisis of cash access. Despite global moves toward new forms of payment such as contactless and mobile transfers, the crisis in Chile highlights the continuing ...