“Neo” skull of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber.
John Hawks/Wits University
Evidence of Homo naledi's age suggests we need to rethink our understanding of human history and evolution.
Will Bill Nye’s new show find a wider audience than Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ did?
Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
Popular programming that focuses on science tends to not actually be all that popular. Bringing in new audiences who aren't already up to speed on science topics is a challenge.
The divide is in the data.
American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015 5 year estimates, Table S1810
More and more people are talking about the 'rural-urban divide,' but what does that phrase actually mean? We asked experts from around the country to illustrate the gap in graphs and maps.
Two people dress up as Gaydar bots during San Francisco’s 2014 gay pride parade.
Previous studies have shown that people possess gaydar, the ability to discern who's gay and who isn't. But this research falls prey to an error that, when corrected, leads to the opposite conclusion.
Taking stock of what we know works… or not.
TV head image via www.shutterstock.com.
Now that we're in a post-truth world, a timely report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights evidence for what works and what doesn't when talking about science.
The remains of a burned car outside Gabon’s National Assembly. It was set alight during unrest after the disputed reelection of President Ali Bongo.
Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon's elections. Yet his contested "victory" has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy, one of Africa's richest and most stable.
Libreville s’est embrasé aussitôt après la proclamation des résultats de l’élection présidentielle.
Marco Longari =/AFP
Trois présidents depuis l’indépendance en 1960 ; la stabilité politique de cet État faiblement peuplé d’Afrique centrale a longtemps reposé sur un système de redistribution aujourd’hui en panne.
Will this make my tummy hurt?
Pandas are bears – but two million years ago they stopped eating meat. Their digestive systems have not yet adapted, though. Do upset stomachs make panda pregnancy more difficult?
Spiny water flea (
Jake R. Walsh
Invasive species cause some $120 billion in damages across North America yearly -- and that's just direct costs. A study of one species in one Wisconsin lake indicates the real toll is much higher.
Too distressed to learn?
Truckee Meadows Community College
Over five million students of the approximately 11 million students in community colleges nationwide suffer from a mental health problem.
Subprime loans could ease not only the housing affordability crisis but rising homelessness as well.
The Hollywood flick recalls subprime's role in the 2008 financial crisis, but, by helping more low-income households buy a home, the loans can help ease the affordability crisis and homelessness.
Skulls of Homo naledi.
The discovery of Homo naledi has been a social media sensation, recording an extraordinary number of views – more than 170,000 – for a scientific paper.
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
Les cahiers de Science et Vie October 2009
As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
On the list of students’ struggles are basic necessities – food.
Tulane Public Relations
Students are going hungry on college campuses. The latest survey shows that four in 10 University of California students do not have access to nutritious food.
The skull of Homo naledi is built like those of early Homo species but its brain was just more than half the size of the average ancestor from 2 million years ago.
Despite claims about its age, puzzling combinations of features from Homo naledi gives it an uncanny resemblance to human beings.
To communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?
What can a bunch of people grunting in a lab teach us about our capacity to create language systems? A lot about the gesture- or vocalization-based origins of language.
Are the Minion toys using the F-word?
Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ
Did your child just drop the F-bomb? What can you do?
Who really is at a disadvantage among Asian American students?
Are all Asian Americans high-achieving model minorities? What's missing in this argument?
Sesame Street isn’t only a television show.
A recent study concluded that children who watched Sesame Street in the 1970s fared better in school. Why?
What consequences will it have on academic freedom?
The proposal to change Wisconsin tenure rules comes up for a vote by the state’s full Senate and House later this month. What will be the consequences?