Mobilizing the masses, one person at a time

Dissecting the process of recruitment, MIT political science PhD candidate Gabriel Nahmias seeks to lower the barriers to political engagement.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
today ~8 min

Dunbar’s number: why my theory that humans can only maintain 150 friendships has withstood 30 years of scrutiny

The claim that our brain size limits us to 150 meaningful friendships has been challenged by a recent paper.

Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Experimental Psycology, University of Oxford • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Dunbar’s number: has the claim that humans can only maintain 150 friendships withstood 30 years of scrutiny?

The claim that our brain size limits us to 150 meaningful friendships has been challenged by a recent paper.

Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Experimental Psycology, University of Oxford • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Fears over falling human sperm count may be overblown

Rising fears over declining human sperm count among men in Western countries may be overblown, according to researchers at Harvard’s GenderSci Lab.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
May 11, 2021 ~5 min

Ostrich eggshells hold clues to our earliest ancestors

The shells of ostrich eggs, left in ancient trash heaps called middens, outperform other methods of dating for studying early Homo sapiens.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 5, 2021 ~13 min

Early humans used fire to permanently change the landscape tens of thousands of years ago in Stone Age Africa

Combining evidence from archaeology, geochronology and paleoenvironmental science, researchers identified how ancient humans by Lake Malawi were the first to substantially modify their environment.

Sarah Ivory, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Penn State • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~11 min

Nasa astronauts splash-land on Earth in SpaceX capsule after ISS mission

This was the first night-time landing for Nasa astronauts since Apollo 8's return 53 years ago.

bbcnews
May 2, 2021 ~3 min

Why we can still recognise people in face masks

Even though they cover most of our features, face masks are no match for our highly-evolved capacity to recognise friends.

Kay Ritchie, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, University of Lincoln • conversation
April 30, 2021 ~7 min

Most young men skip HPV vaccine

Throat cancer is the No. 1 cancer HPV causes—and men make up 80% of those diagnosed. But most young men have not received the vaccine that can prevent it.

U. Michigan • futurity
April 28, 2021 ~5 min

US Dragon crewship launches to space station

Four astronauts leave Florida in a Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station.

bbcnews
April 23, 2021 ~3 min

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