BYU's smart object recognition algorithm doesn't need humans

If we’ve learned anything from post-apocalyptic movies it’s that computers eventually become self-aware and try to eliminate humans.

What sharks, honeybees and humans have in common

A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well. The study, led by University of Arizona anthropologist David Raichlen, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Report: Not all species age the same, humans may be outliers

Adult humans get weaker as they age and then die, but that's not the typical pattern across species. Some organisms don't appear to show signs of aging at all. These are among the findings in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal Nature this week. The study compares the aging patterns of humans and 45 other species.

Report: Longer life for humans linked to further loss of endangered species

As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.

Discovery of oldest primate skeleton helps chart early evolution of humans, apes

An international team of researchers has announced the discovery of the world's oldest known fossil primate skeleton, an animal that lived about 55 million years ago and was even smaller than today's smallest primate, the pygmy mouse lemur.

Majority of human diversity occurred in 'recent' times

A study published in Nature this week, has found that the majority of human genetic variation occurred in the past 5000 to 10,000 years, relatively recently in evolutionary terms. 

Humans bred with Neanderthals after leaving Africa

Humans last interbred with Neanderthals well after they spread out of Africa, a genetic analysis has shown.

Humans were carnivores earlier than thought

Meat was a fundamental part of the human diet as long ago as 1.5 million years, a study of a Tanzanian skull fragment shows.

Denisovan DNA shows link with modern humans

By sequencing the genome of an ancient human with unparalleled accuracy, scientists have for the first time revealed the relationship between her species and our own. In 2010, Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck

Humans didn't breed with Neanderthals

Just as we were all getting used to being part-Neanderthal, Cambridge University scientists say we might not be, after all.

How robots can feel more than humans

Researchers at the University of Southern California have demonstrated that a specially designed robot is capable of outperforming humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials.



Humans evolved from ancient sharks

Human beings - along with all jawed vertebrates on Earth - are descended from a fossil fish that looks a lot like today's sharks.

Men 'domesticated themselves' for sex

Women's preference for providers rather than fighters led to the emergence of the modern family, say researchers.

Team solves mystery of 'megafauna' extinctions

The long-ago extinctions of some of the world's largest animals were caused by both human activity and natural climate change, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Third type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors

Researchers have discovered that a recently-discovered type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors.

NASA trains humanoid robot for space station duty

NASA is preparing to launch the first human-like robot to space as part of the Discovery STS-133 mission planned for September. 


Bigpoint showcases Battlestar Galactica Online at GDC 2010

Frakkin' sweet! Bigpoint and NBC Universal will be showcasing a long-awaited Battlestar Galactica MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) at GDC 2010.