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  • Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

    Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest
    Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.  The...
  • Why so many mammals came from Earth's hot, sweaty midriff

    Why so many mammals came from Earth's hot, sweaty midriff
    If you’re looking for hot spots of diversity, look to the Earth’s warm, sweaty midsection. The tropical regions near the equator both produce new species faster and lose them more slowly, according to a study that analyzed the evolution and...
  • ‘Alien: Out of the Shadows’: Read an exclusive excerpt from the novel

     
    Ellen Ripley is back in the new, officially sanctioned novel “Alien: Out of the Shadows,” out next week. Hero Complex […]...
  • Creationism again stalks the classroom

    Creationism again stalks the classroom
    In a sane world, the ringing denunciation of intelligent design and creationist "science" delivered by a federal judge in 2005 would have eradicated these concepts from the schoolroom. District Judge John E. Jones III of Harrisburg, Pa., ruled then that...
  • Are people violent by nature? Probably.

     Are people violent by nature? Probably.
    Do genes make us do it? The idea that human behavior is driven by genes makes many people uncomfortable, and nowhere is the dispute more bitter than when discussing the biological underpinnings of violence. The war of ideas over violence and human...
  • Dogs' interbreeding with wolves clouds lineage of man's BFF

    Dogs' interbreeding with wolves clouds lineage of man's BFF
    A new study says genomic analysis shows dogs and wolves diverged from a common wolf-like ancestor 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, although repeated interbreeding between the animals has clouded their evolutionary history. The study, published in the journal...
  • Richard Powers' 'Orfeo' explores art and surveillance in the information age

    Richard Powers' 'Orfeo' explores art and surveillance in the information age
    It's tempting to read Richard Powers' 11th novel "Orfeo" through the filter of the present: surveillance, genomes, government control. The story of a 70-year-old composer named Peter Els, who becomes known as the "biohacker Bach" after police find a do-...
  • Illegal killer whale feeding case 'worst nightmare,' biologist says

    Illegal killer whale feeding case 'worst nightmare,' biologist says
    A prominent marine biologist who was fined $12,500 for feeding killer whales in an effort to lure them closer to her video cameras says the yearslong case was the "worst nightmare I could ever imagine." In addition to the fine, Nancy Black -- whose work...
  • Biologist pleads guilty to feeding killer whales in Monterey Bay

    Biologist pleads guilty to feeding killer whales in Monterey Bay
    A prominent marine biologist was fined $12,500 and placed on three years probation for feeding killer whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In exchange, Nancy Black -- whose work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet...
  • ‘Alien: Isolation’ game pits Ripley’s daughter against Xenomorph

     
    Fans of Ridley Scott's 1979 iconic horror film “Alien” will be able to relive the suspense in “Alien: Isolation,” a […]...
  • Congressmen question costs, mission of Wildlife Services agency

    Congressmen question costs, mission of Wildlife Services agency
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The investigation of U.S....