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Birmingham Body Exhibit May Star Executed Chinese Prisoners

A doctor has warned that those visiting the Real Bodies exhibition that's currently in Birmingham ought to feel a little more queasy than expected when viewing the collection of plasticised bodies, as questions over the identities of those who are on display have been raised. Read More >>

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Neat Experiment Suggests Crows Are Even Better Tool-Makers Than We Thought

New research shows that crows can recreate tools from memory, a capacity previously thought impossible for birds. Read More >>

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Ancient Climate Swings Forced Early Humans to Get Their Shit Together and Innovate

Our species made its debut some 300,000 years ago. During the preceding millenniums, our continent of origin underwent environmental shifts that very likely influenced the trajectory of human evolution. Archaeologists working in Kenya have uncovered new clues to support this assertion, showing the surprising extent to which climate change influenced the behaviour of early humans and their approach to technology. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Chimps Are So Damn Strong

Humans may have big, bulbous brains, but when it comes to pure muscle power, we’re often considered the weakest of the great apes. Even chimpanzees, who are significantly smaller than us, exhibit levels of strength that are practically super-human by our standards. New research shows the degree to which our primate cousins are stronger than us—and why their tiny bodies pack such an impressive punch. Read More >>

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Outdated Forensics Might Be Detrimental To Identifying Human Remains

The analysis of parturition scars has been commonly used in forensic science since it was first suggested in the 1910s. The method assumes that these scars can tell investigators if skeletal remains belong to a woman who has given birth. Now, after more than a century, researchers from The Australian National University have suggested that the underlying theory behind this method of identification could be fundamentally flawed. Read More >>

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Someone’s Worked Out The Speed Of Human Poo

Ever wondered whether your pooing speed is normal? Whether you're more of a corked bottle or a Play-Doh factory? Well wonder no more, because a group of fearless scientists has been busily finding out everything they can about dung, and one of their discoveries is the average speed of human defecation. Read More >>

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Humans Are Literally Made of Stardust After All

All too often, our flesh cocoons can feel like vessels of anxiety and existential dread. But take heart, because new research confirms what science popularizers like Carl Sagan have said all along: humans truly are made of “star stuff” — and we’ve got maps to prove it. Read More >>

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Why Are We So Damn Nostalgic These Days?

It’s not the fault of Hollywood, Netflix, or even the internet. Or, well, it’s not all their fault. We’re to blame for encouraging all these nostalgic re-releases and poorly re-hashed versions of things from our childhood, too. 8-Bit Philosophy delves into our need for nostalgia and cites philosopher Svetlana Boyn, who has said that nostalgia has historically coincided with revolution. Read More >>

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How Humans Created an Even More Believable Vision of the Singularity Than Westworld

Late 2016 has been a great time to be a fan of TV shows about artificial intelligence. While HBO was putting out the glossy robo-violence of Westworld, Channel 4 was giving us season two of the far more low-key Humans, which comes to an end on Sunday. Both focus on human-looking robots created to serve and entertain humanity, and in both it goes predictably awry, leaving both humans and hosts/synths facing big questions about what it means to be conscious. Read More >>

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Humans Don’t Have Penis Bones Thanks to Getting Sex Done Quick

Scientists given the job of investigating the many and varied form of the penis bone think they've worked out why humans don't have one. It's because we want to get sex out of the way quickly so we can get back onto our mobile phones. Read More >>

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Humans Are So Insignificant When the History of the Earth Is Laid Out on an American Football Field

Humanity gets served up a nice slice of humble pie in this NPR video that lays out the history of our planet on an American football field. Even in a giant stadium, every inch represents an incredible 1.3 million years. Which means that humans, who walk around like they own the place, only show up about an eighth-of-an-inch from the end zone. Read More >>

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Distant Relatives Shagging Neanderthals Invented Genital Warts

Scientists given the really shitty job of researching genital warts for the betterment of mankind think they know where they came from. Basically your dad. Read More >>

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Fresh Evidence Says Our Ancestors Killed Off the Hobbits

The little Hobbity people that survived all alone and holed-up on the island of Flores could have been one of the earliest cases of homo sapien ethnic cleansing, with new findings showing that modern humans and their fancy invention known as FIRE coincidentally arrived on the island at the same time as the little people died out. Read More >>

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Mad Scientists Create Human-Pig Hybrid for Organ Harvesting

Part-human, part-piggy creatures (not pictured) have reportedly been created by a bunch of mad scientists over at the University of California, Davis, leading to uproar and a mind-blowing glimpse into the potential future of medicine. Fortunately, they didn't take the full-on sexual approach apparently favoured by a certain world leader. Read More >>

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Future Disasters Could See Humans Evolve in Bizarre Ways

There are a lot of weird-shaped people in the world, but they’d all look perfectly (okay, relatively) normal next to Future Human. Speaking on Extant Season 2, paleoanthropologist Dr Matthew Skinner this week explained how people may develop in order to cope with rising sea levels, an asteroid impact, and even the colonisation of nearby planets. Read More >>