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Experts clash over whether they count as a domesticated species.
Malthus, mutualism, and the politics of evolution in Victorian England
An outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brain
Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens and the rise of Deep History
Working out how to build ethical robots is one of the thorniest challenges in artificial intelligence
Labor in the Second Machine Age
Some experts worry that medical researchers are stepping over established ethical boundaries in Beijing’s effort to lift its scientific standing
A Stanford historian thinks war is the engine that drives civilization. Is he right?
We are unique among animals in our consciousness, of our own selves and of our social groups
Sequencing data point to longstanding conflict between the chromosomes that determine sex
It has pluses and minuses, as the Alice Goffman controversy highlights. But the methodology complements other approaches in crucial ways
Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?
Our ideas about what sounds gay may have as much to do with who’s listening as with who’s speaking
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think
Colleges and universities cannot be expected to solve America’s problems of inequity. But they should be expected to try to mitigate these problems rather than worsen them.
Regulators asked to consider ageing a treatable condition
Nicholas Wade: Finding human fossils can be a contact sport, as researchers squeeze out competitors by denouncing them to the local authorities
A long-running debate over an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man has been reignited
Landowners often loot or destroy archaeological sites. Is this new subdivision a solution?
A meditation on memory