NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.
If we’ve learned anything from post-apocalyptic movies it’s that computers eventually become self-aware and try to eliminate humans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 last interbred with Neanderthals well after they spread out of Africa, a genetic analysis has shown.
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.
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
Just as we were all getting used to being part-Neanderthal, Cambridge University scientists say we might not be, after all.
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.
Human beings - along with all jawed vertebrates on Earth - are descended from a fossil fish that looks a lot like today's sharks.
Women's preference for providers rather than fighters led to the emergence of the modern family, say researchers.
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.
Researchers have discovered that a recently-discovered type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors.
NASA is preparing to launch the first human-like robot to space as part of the Discovery STS-133 mission planned for September.
Frakkin' sweet! Bigpoint and NBC Universal will be showcasing a long-awaited Battlestar Galactica MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) at GDC 2010.