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 Yesterday 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

This Farmer Is Trying to Save Chickens "Rejected" By Big Poultry

Frank Reese is a farmer in Kansas who raises breeds of chicken that are dying out, despite their hardiness and tastiness — because they're of no interest to the poultry industry. But he says that we're going to need these breeds in the future, partly because they may be able to cope better with climate change. » 5/30/14 9:20am 5/30/14 9:20am

New Double Helix Visualization Revises What We Know About DNA

By using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers have collected the most precise measurements to date of DNA's tangled structure. Their results showed significant variations to the well-known double helix — variations that are offering fresh insights into the inner workings of this life-bearing molecule. » 5/16/14 3:20pm 5/16/14 3:20pm