Humans news stories

Stephen Hawking, cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76
14th March 2018 | | Humans

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’.

Sex, power and ancient DNA
14th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans
Turi King hails David Reich’s thrilling account of mapping humans through time and place.
How the Environmental Humanities Can Heal Our Relationship to the Planet
14th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Connecting the humanities — especially the arts — with current scientific research relating to ecology and non-human life is direly needed.

How National Geographic acknowledged its racist past
14th March 2018 | | Humans
The famous periodical has been delving into its own back issues – and found it was guilty of presenting race hierarchically, as well as reinforcing colonialist attitudes.
The origins of Pama-Nyungan, Australia’s largest family of Aboriginal languages
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

All languages from the Torres Strait to Bunbury, from the Pilbara to the Grampians, are descended from a single ancestor language that spread across the continent to all but the Kimberley and the Top End.

These Early Humans Prospered During What Should Have Been a Devastating Volcanic Winter
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Toba eruption, as we’re learning, wasn’t nearly as bad for humans as we thought—and it may not have produced a volcanic winter at all.

New staging of Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ equates monotheism with violence
13th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Taking a pointed view of a historical subject, director Laura Scozzi’s fully-choreographed interpretation of the opera by Philip Glass brings ancient Egypt into the 21st century and delivers food for thought.

Famed British archaeologist James Mellaart ‘forged’ some of his finds, researchers claim
13th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

An ancient city. The world’s oldest map. The first painting of an exploding volcano. But now it seems a famed British archaeologist has faked some of his work.

This Time-Lapse Shows 13.8 Billion Year History of Universe in Just 10 Minutes
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The voiceover includes Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough. Each second represents 22 million years, which really puts into perspective how old our universe is.

Strange, elongated skulls reveal medieval Bulgarian brides were traded for politics
13th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

DNA suggests that the women whose elongated skulls have been unearthed were high-ranking “treaty brides” from Romania and Bulgaria, married off to cement political alliances. Yet others are skeptical.

Genes have a role in empathy, study says
12th March 2018 | | Humans

A study of 46,000 people found evidence for the first time that genes have a role in how empathetic we are. And it also found that women are generally more empathetic than men.

This is ‘nanowood,’ an invention that could reduce humanity’s carbon footprint
12th March 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Cellulose fibers can take on remarkable characteristics, including a strength-to-weight ratio that’s about eight times that of steel.

Indigenous people use a justice system based on ancient knowledge in Guatemala
12th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A Mayan justice system has been in operation in Guatemala for centuries and some indigenous communities think it’s more effective than the Western one.

NASA astronaut who spent a year in space now has different DNA from his twin
10th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Most of Scott’s genes did indeed return to normal after a brief time back here on Earth, but not all of them.

9th March 2018 | Humans

We salute the work of some extraordinary women on International Women’s Day 2018, which is themed: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.”

Unwrapping the mystery of ancient cosmetics
9th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A conference held at the RPS London headquarters provided a rare insight into the history of cosmetics, from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century.

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