How Does Human Culture Influence Our Genetics?

The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance. So how will modern culture shape the genetic legacies we leave to our descendents? » 4/14/14 11:19am Monday 11:19am

How Do Red And Giant Pandas Coexist? The Secret Is In Their Skulls.

Red pandas and giant pandas have more in common than simply being equally adorable and included on the IUCN Red List. They both eat bamboo and live in the same habitats. How do they coexist without competing over the same resources? The secret might be hidden in their skulls. » 4/10/14 8:47pm Thursday 8:47pm

Why Does It Matter If Homo sapiens Had Sex With Neanderthals?

Evidence has been piling up for a while that early humans in Europe had children with the Neanderthals who had been living there for probably 500 thousand years before humans arrived. Very few Neanderthal genes are left in humans today, so what difference does it make? A lot, both genetically and philosophically. » 4/02/14 8:48pm 4/02/14 8:48pm

The Perfect Shoe Says A Lot About Humanity's Imperfect Evolution

Hitoshi Mimura is regarded as one of the best shoe designers on Earth. Formerly of Asics, "the god of shoes" went solo some years back, and began crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes on a consultation basis. Mimura, and his shoes, are legendary. So what's his secret? » 3/21/14 8:20am 3/21/14 8:20am

Honeybees reveal that evolution is stranger than you ever realized

Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out. » 3/06/14 1:47pm 3/06/14 1:47pm

More Evidence that Dinosaurs Still Live Among Us

These are the formidable talons of a Harpy Eagle, one of the largest species of raptor on Earth. Let them serve as a reminder that bloodthirsty dinosaurs live among us, that they are descended from downy forebears, and that, yes, feathered animals can be downright terrifying. » 3/05/14 5:00pm 3/05/14 5:00pm

New evidence that plants can "think" about future risks

Plants may not have a cerebral cortex, but that doesn't mean they haven't evolved effective forms of alternative intelligence. As a recent study of the Barberry and its parasites shows, some plants exhibit a form of memory — and even anticipate future risks. » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

Bill Nye's debate was a financial "miracle" for the Creation Museum

There are always consequences when engaging with the enemy. And when Bill Nye "The Science Guy" agreed to debate evolution vs. creationism with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham last month, he was considered to have won the debate, but he also brought a financial windfall to the museum that Ham describes — of course — as "a … » 3/03/14 12:20pm 3/03/14 12:20pm

Earth's First Animals Barely Needed Any Oxygen

There's a longstanding theory which says oxygen-rich oceans were a key requirement for complex life to emerge on Earth. But a new study involving sea sponges upsets this notion, showing that primitive animals may have been able to survive with hardly any oxygen at all. » 2/18/14 9:00am 2/18/14 9:00am