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An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago
The fossils of four previously undiscovered snake species, the earliest known snakes, could challenge biologists' perception of reptilian evolution
What big data reveals and conceals about our desires, our bodies and our many insecurities
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
The Mongolian leader left a strong footprint in the Y chromosomes of modern descendants — but he was not the only one
New programs are training laypeople to deal with psychological emergencies—but how much do they actually help those in crisis?
Crowds once flocked to watch executions. Now we recoil at the idea. What causes such transformations of ethical standards?
On the efficacy and fairness of recent reforms
Review of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"
Good solutions to biology’s problems are astonishingly plentiful
While other conservatives say that the American state has become too powerful, Francis Fukuyama argues that it has grown too weak
People who are too sedentary, even if they do exercise frequently, are more likely to develop heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a new report says
It’s extremely rare and not as bad for the poor as you think
The economic and environmental arguments for reducing immigration in the United States seem clear enough. Why, then, do so many progressives advocate for more immigration?
Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait
Is AI becoming increasingly real? Are we now in a new era of the "AIs"? [179 Responses—124,000 words]
Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale
Everyone agrees it’s best to drop processed foods, but maybe you don’t have to eat like a cave man
Frank Pasquale’s new book highlights the dangers of “runaway data” and “black box algorithms”
What do you do when you’re over 80 and still at the top of your game? If you’re the famed naturalist E. O. Wilson, you discover something you’ve never had before: a circle of friends