The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 2)
The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 1)
Two papers investigate the thermodynamics of quantum systems
Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neandertals.
Scientists revise timeline of human origins
Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. Although scientists have recognized these characteristics for decades, they a ...
Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests
(Phys.org) —Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors ...
'Game of Thrones' scenario seen in Neandertal ancestors
The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said Thursday.
No known hominin is ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans, research says
The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling subject for research. But a new study suggests the quest isn't ...
Observations reveal critical interplay of interstellar dust, hydrogen
(Phys.org) —For astrophysicists, the interplay of hydrogen—the most common molecule in the universe—and the vast clouds of dust that fill the voids of interstellar space has been an intractable puzzle ...
Researchers claim satellite data proves global warming caused by humans
Scientists uncover genetic similarities between bats and dolphins
The evolution of similar traits in different species, a process known as convergent evolution, is widespread not only at the physical level, but also at the genetic level, according to new research led by ...
A brighter method to determine surface gravity of distant stars
Astronomers have found a clever new way to slice and dice the flickering light from a distant star in a way that reveals the strength of gravity at its surface.
Boldly illuminating biology's 'dark matter'
Is space really the final frontier, or are the greatest mysteries closer to home? In cosmology, dark matter is said to account for the majority of mass in the universe, however its presence is inferred by ...
Oldest primate skeleton discovered
An international team of paleontologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dan Gebo is announcing the discovery of a nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a new tiny, tree-dwelling ...