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First life may have been forged in icy seas on a freezing Earth

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life begin in the freezer? Early Earth may not have been as hot and hellish as we thought. In fact, it may have become a snowball around the time life first emerged. Image: Maarten de Wit

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Do toddlers learn like chimps?

Posted on 25 Feb 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Journalism

Humans rely so much on a culturally accumulated body of knowledge. So have we lost the ability that other apes have to invent our own solutions to basic problems? Image: Tambako the Jaguar

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Our first sex with Neanderthals happened 100,000 years ago

Posted on 18 Feb 2016 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

IT WAS a two-way street. Many people carry ancient Neanderthal DNA in their genome as a result of cross-species liaisons around 50,000 years ago. Now it seems that some Neanderthals carried our DNA, too. Image: Bence Viola

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What would happen to you if gravity stopped working?

Posted on 13 Feb 2016 in Journalism, Physics

We have all experienced the force of gravity. It is what happens to you when you jump up into the air. Disappointingly for anyone with ambitions to be Supergirl or Superman, we tend to fall right back down to the ground. But what if we could switch gravity off? Image: Charlotte May Godfrey

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Our Neanderthal genes linked to risk of depression and addiction

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in Health, Human Origins, Journalism

Ever since we learned, in 2010, that humans and Neanderthals once interbred one question stood out: what, if any, consequences have those Stone Age liaisons had on us? A new study now provides the clearest evidence yet that they did affect us, changing our risk to a range of health-related issues. Image: erix!

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