Six recent discoveries that have changed how we think about human origins

You may have heard science has reconsidered its view of Neanderthals but did you know human hybrid species played a key role in our evolution?

Penny Spikins, Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Human Origins, University of York • conversation
Sept. 21, 2022 ~8 min

Self-Driving Cars May Require Human Help

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 17, 2022 ~5 min

Humans evolved with their microbiomes – like genes, your gut microbes pass from one generation to the next

As early modern humans spread across the globe, their gut microbes genetically changed with them. Understanding the origins of gut microbes could improve understanding of their role in human health.

Ruth Ley, Director, Department of Microbiome Science, Max Planck Institute for Biology • conversation
Sept. 15, 2022 ~7 min

Jung Jae Kwon: Questioning the nuclear umbrella

Dissatisfied with security guarantees from the US, America’s junior allies want greater control over their own defenses.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 9, 2022 ~8 min

Menstrual pad could one day detect HPV

Researchers have created a menstrual pad that can passively help detect HPV, potentially making pap smears a thing of the past.

Stanford • futurity
Sept. 9, 2022 ~7 min

Seven times people discovered the Americas – and how they got there

Columbus’s was the last of at least seven discoveries of the Americas.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bath • conversation
Sept. 8, 2022 ~12 min

Forging political alliances through supply chains

International firms sharing production networks lobby together to secure favorable trade conditions.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 6, 2022 ~8 min

Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, but there has never been more of their DNA on Earth

Here’s what we can learn from our closest extinct relatives.

Trine Kellberg Nielsen, Associate Professor, Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University • conversation
Aug. 31, 2022 ~8 min

Expanding Alzheimer's research with primates could overcome the problem with treatments that show promise in mice but don't help humans

Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.

Amanda M. Dettmer, Associate Research Scientist, Yale University • conversation
Aug. 31, 2022 ~9 min

The health benefits of character

A Harvard Chan School study associated high moral character with lower depression risk as well as potential cardio benefits.

Clea Simon • harvard
Aug. 30, 2022 ~5 min