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Inbred humans live to a ripe old age

Posted on 24 Jan 2008 in Journalism

Inbreeding is not usually mooted as the key to longevity, but Giuseppe Passarino of the University of Calabria thinks it might be. Read...

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Humanoid robot finds learning child’s play

Posted on 20 Dec 2007 in Journalism

New software lets humans guide a robot through tasks in the same way parents teach a child. Read more…...

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Spite is a uniquely human emotion

Posted on 16 Jul 2007 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Journalism

It used to be easy to separate man from beast. Then we realised animals, too, can experience sophisticated emotions and communicate through language. But there is one thing that is beyond even our closest relatives, chimpanzees – and that is the ability to be spiteful. Image: fwooper

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Gigantic volcano did not decimate humans

Posted on 14 Jul 2007 in Earth Science, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

In the face of global climate change 74,000 years ago, humans came up trumps. Evidence from India shows that the global cooling following a massive volcanic eruption at the time did not decimate human populations as originally thought. Some have proposed that human populations shrank during the “volcanic winter” following the Toba eruption, but new data suggests otherwise. Image: widakso

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