Indigenous Australians created elaborate rock art, as shown here in Arnhem Land.
Researchers in human evolution used to focus on Africa and Eurasia – but not anymore. Discoveries in Asia and Australia have changed the picture, revealing early, complex cultures outside of Africa.
The rise of the ChiefBot.
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says while it’s possible to build robots to take over jobs – including his own – humanity still has the edge over machines.
The quest for technology to be the salvation of humankind neglects to consider some darker truths that lead to dystopia.
Gyala Peri and Namcha Barwa - Tibet.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
Alice Roberts with the ‘hobbit’.
New research on Indonesian fossils reveals clues to an ancient expansion out of Africa.
The robot Berenson in 2015.
Robots are strange creatures, and not only because they might steal our jobs. We humans actually have good reason to be a little worried about these machines.
Hominin skull casts (L-R) Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis.
Roger Seymour/South Australian Museum
The brains of our ancestors grew larger and smarter thanks to an increase in the flow of blood to the brain
Scientific and technological innovations and economic policies promoting growth at all costs have created a consumption and production vortex on a collision course with the Earth system.
Sean McGee Hicks/Flickr
Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
The defining characteristics of our species will make us and our labour relevant in a new era.
In ‘Westworld,’ it’s tough to distinguish human from robot.
In 'Westworld's' land of robots, it's the people who lack humanity.
We’ve left our mark on the planet in many ways.
Yes, humans hold awesome power over the rest of the planet, but nature will always fight our attempts to 'tame' the natural world.
While AI seems unstoppable, our improved understanding of human brains is levelling the playing field for now.
The earliest hominin cancer.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (University of Central Lancashire/University of the Witwatersrand)
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
Is a hands off approach the right way to go when it comes to automation?
More tasks are being given over to automation, from autopilots in transport to medical diagnosis. But humans are a poor backup for automation, especially when the automation goes wrong.
Conversation and the art of making your words count.
We are only just starting to understand the linguistic tools that get stuff done, move us to tears, bore us to death, or make us dizzy with delight.
People in the Ruaha landscape lose their livestock as a result of predator attacks.
Human and wildlife conflict in Tanzania's Ruaha region is extremely tense. There are many projects underway to alleviate this tension.
This selection of stone tools provides a glimpse into the implements used by Africans 50 000 to 60 000 years ago.
Stone tools have been integral to the way archaeologists have told the human story.