Understanding the evolutionary roots of what draws us to delusions of legacy and distractions of leisure will help us address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
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.
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.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
New research on Indonesian fossils reveals clues to an ancient expansion out of Africa.
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.
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.
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's' land of robots, it's the people who lack humanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Human and wildlife conflict in Tanzania's Ruaha region is extremely tense. There are many projects underway to alleviate this tension.
Stone tools have been integral to the way archaeologists have told the human story.