More Stories in Humans

  1. crowd of people screaming with joy

    Surprisingly, humans recognize joyful screams faster than fearful screams

    Scientists believed we evolved to respond to alarming screams faster than non-alarming ones, but experiments show our brains may be wired differently.

  2. models of an early human skull and an apelike skull with brains highlighted in blue

    Ancient humans may have had apelike brains even after leaving Africa

    Modern humanlike brains may have evolved surprisingly late, about 1.7 million years ago, a new study suggests.

  3. hands holding a vial of AstraZeneca's covid-19 vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is tied to uncommon blood clots in rare cases

    Blood clots should be listed as a possible side effect of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, but its benefits still outweigh the risks, experts say.

  4. Lego staircase

    People add by default even when subtraction makes more sense

    People default to addition when solving puzzles and problems, even when subtraction works better. That could underlie some modern-day excesses.

  5. human skull from early humans in Europe

    Europe’s oldest known humans mated with Neandertals surprisingly often

    DNA from ancient fossils suggests interbreeding regularly occurred between the two species by about 45,000 years ago, two studies find.

  6. a dramatic reconstruction of an ancient hominid face with coarse black hair

    New depictions of ancient hominids aim to overcome artistic biases

    Artists’ intuition instead of science drive most facial reconstructions of extinct species. Some researchers hope to change that.

  7. microscope image of a fibers in cotton flannel
    Materials Science

    Microscopic images reveal the science and beauty of face masks

    Important insights into the particle-filtering properties of different fabrics also offer a sense of the unseen, textured world of face masks.

  8. man sitting next to a meat market stand in Wuhan, China
    Health & Medicine

    4 takeaways from the WHO’s report on the origins of the coronavirus

    The leading hypothesis is that the coronavirus spread to people from bats via a yet-to-be-identified animal, but no animals have tested positive so far.

  9. vial and syringe containing pfizer covid-19 vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine has 100 percent efficacy in young people

    Vaccinated 12- to 15-year-olds developed higher levels of coronavirus antibodies compared with vaccinated 16- to 25-year-olds from a previous trial.