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  • Feature

    Can DNA predict a face?

    Florida police are searching for a man who lurks in the shadows.

    For more than two years, he has terrorized at least a dozen women, peeping into windows and slipping into bedrooms to watch them sleep. He has touched several women’s feet or hair — some, he has sexually assaulted.

    The media dubbed him the “Serial Creeper,” and police are desperate to find him. In September, they...

    12/01/2015 - 11:29 Genetics, Science & Society
  • Feature

    The human genome takes shape and shifts over time

    If you could unravel all the DNA in a single human cell and stretch it out, you’d have a molecular ribbon about 2 meters long and 2 nanometers across. Now imagine packing it all back into the cell’s nucleus, a container only 5 to 10 micrometers wide. That would be like taking a telephone cord that runs from Manhattan to San Francisco and cramming it into a two-story suburban house.


    08/24/2015 - 12:41 Genetics, Microbiology
  • Science Visualized

    How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor

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    Cícero Moraes is adding new portraits to the human family album. The 3-D designer based in Sinop, Brazil, has digitally reconstructed the faces of over 15 extinct hominid species, including Paranthropus boisei, a distant cousin to modern humans. The faces are on display at the University of Padua in Italy (see "The expressive face of human history on display.")

    03/24/2015 - 11:00 Anthropology, Human Evolution
  • Wild Things

    Little thylacine had a big bite

    In the northeast corner of Queensland lies one of Australia’s great treasures — the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, home to more than 250 sites that are rich in fossils. In that region, some 24 to 11.6 million years ago, as many as five relatives of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, roamed forests along with giant carnivorous rat-kangaroos, marsupial lions, the world’s oldest known...

    04/20/2014 - 14:00 Animals, Paleontology
  • News

    Little Red Riding Hood gets an evolutionary makeover

    Back off, Big Bad Wolf. The Ravenous Data Cruncher has cornered “Little Red Riding Hood,” brandishing a statistical exposé of the fictional girl’s hazy past.

    In computer analyses that track the evolution of 58 documented folktales, anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani of Durham University in England finds that related versions of “Little Red Riding Hood” spread from a European origin over at...

    11/22/2013 - 13:47 Anthropology, Language
  • News in Brief

    Highlights from the American Sociological Association annual meeting

    Facebook doesn’t feel right

    A big chunk of social media users say that digital communications don’t hold an old fashioned candle to face-to-face conversations. Among 300 tech-savvy college students, roughly half feel uncomfortable interacting on Facebook, Twitter and other social media but do so because it’s unavoidable, Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...

    08/15/2013 - 15:27 Psychology, Humans & Society
  • News

    DNA stores poems, a photo and a speech

    Big data could soon be stored in a very small package: DNA. A team of scientists has demonstrated that storing information in synthetic DNA could represent a feasible approach to managing data in the long term, bumping aside the magnetic tape favored by archivists today.

    The approach, published online January 23 in Nature, relies on technologies that are likely to become faster and...

    01/23/2013 - 18:41 Technology, Humans & Society, Chemistry, Genes & Cells
  • Feature

    Nouveaux Antennas

    Television viewers may be tossing out their old rabbit ears in favor of sleeker digital receivers, but scientists are raising the microscopic equivalents of antennas to new prominence.

    Most cells in the body, from light-gathering eye cells to kidney cells to brain cells, sport a single, prominent hairlike structure sticking out like an index finger flashing...

    10/19/2012 - 10:22 Physiology
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    Social Media Sway

    Four days before the 2010 special election in Massachusetts to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy, an anonymous source delivered a blast of political spam. The smear campaign launched against Democratic candidate Martha  Coakley quickly infiltrated the rest of the election-related chatter on the social networking service Twitter. Detonating over just 138 minutes, the “Twitter...

    10/05/2012 - 11:01 Humans & Society
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    Color this chimp amazing

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    In what seems like a blow for humanity, a very smart chimpanzee in Japan crushes any human challenger at a number memory game.

    After the numbers 1 through 9 make a split-second appearance on a computer screen, the chimp, Ayumu, gets to work. His bulky index finger flies gracefully across the screen, tapping white squares where the numbers had appeared, in...

    06/15/2012 - 13:07 Humans & Society, Body & Brain