How the Internet Is Helping a Father Fight an Illness Unknown to Science

In 2012, Matt Might sat down to write a blog post. The 5,000-word essay titled "Hunting Down My Son's Killer," which was also republished on Gizmodo, documented his and his wife's harrowing attempt to make sense of their son's mysterious illness. The post went viral online—setting the family down a road that could… » 7/17/14 6:24pm 7/17/14 6:24pm

Family That Walks On All Fours Not A Product Of 'Reverse Evolution'

In Turkey, there's a family with an apparent genetic disorder that causes them to walk on all fours. Scientists have speculated that they're an example of "devolution" — a backwards step towards our quadrupedal past. A new paper challenges this assumption, offering a far more reasonable explanation. » 7/17/14 7:40am 7/17/14 7:40am

Climate Change (Isn't) Driving Gingers to Extinction

Recently, The Independent (UK) ran a story that suggested climate change could lead to the extinction of a particular kind of person in the islands of the North Atlantic, the ginger. The article interviews the managing director of the ScotlandsDNA project, Alistair Moffat, who suggests gingers in Scotland may fade… » 7/09/14 3:01am 7/09/14 3:01am

7 Signs That Humans Are Domestic Animals

Tens of thousands of years ago, humans were wild animals. Our ancestors roamed the land in search of food by day, and huddled together for safety by night. But then something changed. We domesticated ourselves, and this process didn't just change us profoundly — it changed a lot of other life forms around us, too. » 6/05/14 10:00am 6/05/14 10:00am

The Whole "Second Cousin Twice-Removed" Thing, Explained

You know how you're related to your grandparents, and you can easily trace the family lineage separating you from you nieces and nephews, but what about the link between you and your great grand uncle? And where do you reside on your family tree relative to your first, second and third (and zero-th) cousins? » 6/04/14 11:46am 6/04/14 11:46am