New study finds females play active, pivotal role in postcopulatory processes
Females play a larger role in determining paternity than previously thought, say biologists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. Their findings are the subject of a new paper titled "Female ...
Research finds Stonehenge was monument marking unification of Britain
After 10 years of archaeological investigations, researchers have concluded that Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the peoples of Britain, after a long period of conflict and regional difference ...
Chimpanzees have policemen, too: study
Conflict management is crucial for social group cohesion, and while humans may still be working out some of the details, new research shows that some chimpanzees engage in impartial, third-party "policing" ...
Russian war games play on former US aircraft carrier
Russian video game publisher 1C Company boarded a former US aircraft carrier to re-write the Cuban Missile Crisis that had super powers on the brink of nuclear war in 1962.
Mathematicians analyze social divisions using cell phone data
Differences divide us. Human society fractures along lines defined by politics, religion, ethnicity, and perhaps most fundamentally, language. Although these differences contribute to the great variety of ...
Wikipedia's 'Goan war' unmasked as elaborate hoax
It went undetected for five years on Wikipedia, but now a seemingly meticulous entry about a 17th century conflict between colonial Portugal and India's Maratha empire has been outed as a hoax.
Satellite images shed light, or lack thereof, on the impact of the Syrian conflict
An interesting new paper recently published in the International Journal of Remote Sensing which hypothesises that night-time light can be a useful source for monitoring humanitarian crises, such as that u ...
The way we weren't: U of Minnesota biologist debunks myth that humans peaked in Paleolithic era
Have agriculture, technology, diet and lifestyle changes put humans out of touch with the way we evolved? And would we be healthier and happier if we lived, at least to some extent, the way our Paleolithic ancestors did?
Study shows religion is a potent force for cooperation, conflict
Across history and cultures, religion increases trust within groups but also may increase conflict with other groups, according to an article in a special issue of Science.
UN report wants moratorium on killer robots (Update)
Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings," a new draft U.N. report says.
Why guppies have genital claws
New research from evolutionary biologists at the University of Toronto shows that the male guppy grows claws on its genitals to make it more difficult for unreceptive females to get away during mating.
Excessive Facebook use can damage relationships, study finds
Facebook and other social networking web sites have revolutionized the way people create and maintain relationships. However, new research shows that Facebook use could actually be damaging to users' romantic relationships. ...
Amazonian tribal warfare sheds light on modern violence, anthropologist says
(Phys.org)—In the tribal societies of the Amazon forest, violent conflict accounted for 30 percent of all deaths before contact with Europeans, according to a recent study by University of Missouri anthropologist ...
Biologists turn back the clock to understand evolution of sex differences
Sex differences account for some of the most of the spectacular traits in nature: the wild colours of male guppies, the plumage of peacocks, tusks on walruses and antlers on moose. Sexual conflict the ...