Animals have evolved to avoid overexploiting their resources – can humans do the same?

New research sheds light on why predators don’t evolve to become so aggressive that they eat all their prey – and then go extinct themselves.

Axel G. Rossberg, Reader in Theoretical Ecology, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
March 3, 2022 ~7 min

Does your dog care if you die?

We put the question to a Harvard scientist who studies neural and behavioral variation in domestic canine breeds.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2022 ~4 min

Ancient DNA helps reveal social changes in Africa 50,000 years ago that shaped the human story

A new study doubles the age of ancient DNA in sub-Saharan Africa, revealing how people moved, mingled and had children together over the last 50,000 years.

Mary Prendergast, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University • conversation
Feb. 23, 2022 ~13 min

How sectoral employment training can advance economic mobility for workers who face barriers to employment

J-PAL North America publication highlights the promise of sectoral employment programs in combating US wage inequality.

Jamie Simonson | J-PAL North America • mit
Feb. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Wolves are returning to European farmland – but they're not motivated by a taste for sheep

Wolves killing livestock are seizing an opportunity for a meal in a landscape with little natural prey.

Peter Sunde, Professor of Applied Wildlife Ecology, Aarhus University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2022 ~7 min

A revolution in learning

Historian Tanalís Padilla’s new book about activist rural schools in Mexico highlights long-running tensions in the nation’s politics.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 21, 2022 ~8 min

Humans might have arrived in Europe earlier than we thought

New research that indicates humans may have arrived in Europe much earlier than previously thought also raises some intriguing questions.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Feb. 11, 2022 ~6 min

Your sense of privacy evolved over millennia – that puts you at risk today but could improve technology tomorrow

You have a finely honed sense of privacy in the physical world. But the sights and sounds you encounter online don’t help you detect risks and can even lull you into a false sense of security.

Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
Feb. 11, 2022 ~8 min

New research suggests modern humans lived in Europe 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, in Neanderthal territories

Stone artifacts and a fossil tooth point to Homo sapiens living at Grotte Mandrin 54,000 years ago, at a time when Neanderthals were still living in Europe.

Laure Metz, Archaeologist at Aix-Marseille Université and Affiliated Researcher in Anthropology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Feb. 9, 2022 ~9 min

Cambridge awarded €1.9m to stop AI undermining ‘core human values’

Work at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence will aim to prevent the embedding of existing inequalities – from gender to class and race – in

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 9, 2022 ~4 min