New news about old humanity. HUMAN OCCUPATION SITE IN CALIFORNIA IS REALLY OLD? The most startling claim about the human line is in a free-to-read Nature paper that asserts humans were in southern California 130,000
AFTER THE MARCH, WHAT WILL/SHOULD COME NEXT? It was not often spoken of explicitly, but surely one goal of the March for Science was a call for respect. Complaints about mingy research budgets were plentiful,
Some skepticism was called for in science writers’ responses to the news that a protein from human umbilical cord blood improves memory in aging mice. Most posts I saw included caveats of some sort, although
23ANDME AND YOU IN THE DATABASE The gene-testing company 23andMe professed itself delighted at the government’s recent permission to sell its new disease-gene testing kits directly to the public. And no wonder. That’s because the
Human cannibalism through the ages: Why? Also, more on the March for Science, plus scientists as politicians
HUMANS ARE CANNIBALS First it was vampires that got long in the tooth. Now it’s zombies. These fabulous creatures who feed on human tissue are fading from the cultural zeitgeist, according to Charles Bramesco at
IS THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN TROUBLE? Looking at the world map the March for Science organizers have posted about participation in satellite marches around the globe, you will probably be impressed. The major focus
GENETIC PRIVACY: GATTACA REVISITED? It’s not a formal part of the cruel, terrifying Trumpcare/Ryancare bill Congress is considering to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But last week a Congressional committee approved another piece of cruel, terrifying medical legislation.
VIRAL DISEASES: H7N9 BIRD FLU China is undergoing its worst epidemic of human cases of H7N9 bird flu since the virus’s discovery in 2013, some 460 cases between last October and February of this year.
LET’S GO TO MARS! Last week it was all about those 7 new planets that are “only” 39 light-years away and might perhaps possibly maybe be a home for life. But let’s get real: There’s
HUZZAH! SEVEN “NEARBY” “HABITABLE” PLANETS! Not to denigrate the scientific achievement, which is noteworthy for its novelty and sophistication. Not to denigrate (much) the excitement on Twitter and other media, rounded up by Becky Ferreira