A new species of early human? Why we should be cautious about new fossil footprint findings

A new study finds more than one early human species lived on the landscape in Northern Tanzania 3.66 million years ago. But there are reasons to be cautious about the findings.

Sally Christine Reynolds, Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

‘Missing link’ ends debate about how ancient human relative got around

A two-million-year-old fossil vertebrae shows Australopithecus sediba used their upper limbs to climb like apes and their lower limbs to walk like humans.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Nov. 29, 2021 ~8 min

Community policing in the Global South

Professor Fotini Christia is part of a team examining the challenges of implementing community policing across a range of countries.

Stephanie M. McPherson | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Nov. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Misremembering might actually be a sign your memory is working optimally

Errors don’t necessarily mean your mind is faulty. They may actually be a sign of a cognitive system with limited capacity working efficiently.

Robert Jacobs, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester • conversation
Nov. 19, 2021 ~10 min

Letting teens consent on their own may boost HPV vaccine rates

More teenagers might get the HPV vaccine if they could do so without involvement of their parents, a new study shows.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Nov. 18, 2021 ~6 min

3 Questions: Sophie Gibert on ethics in action

PhD student's research centers on ethics, including bioethics, and the philosophy of action.

Kathryn M. O'Neill | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
Nov. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Is watching believing?

In spreading politics, videos may not be much more persuasive than their text-based counterparts.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 16, 2021 ~6 min

How to live with large predators – lessons from Spanish wolf country

A farming community in north-west Spain may hold the answer to coexistence with wild carnivores.

Hanna Pettersson, PhD Candidate, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Giving robots social skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2021 ~9 min

When and how was walking invented?

Walking has taken a very long time to develop, with evidence of bipedalism among early humans in Africa roughly 4.4 million years ago.

Jan Simek, Professor of Anthropology, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 1, 2021 ~7 min