Science is now revealing Neanderthal genetic legacy

Using the rapidly improving ability to piece together fragments of ancient DNA, scientists are finding that traits inherited from our ancient cousins are still with us now, affecting our fertility, our immune systems, even how our bodies handled COVID-19.

Justice for Neanderthals!

They were long derided as knuckle-draggers, but new discoveries are setting the record straight. As we rethink the nature of the Neanderthals, we could also learn something about our own humanity.

Burning Man attendees roadblocked by climate activists

Climate activists temporarily halted the influx of eager festivalgoers, blocking the road with a 28-foot trailer and causing a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam for over an hour. They clashed with outraged Burning Man attendees as well as Nevada rangers.

Climate crisis made Canada wildfires twice as likely

The conditions that caused Canada’s extreme spate of wildfires this year, which resulted in parts of Canada and the US being blanketed in toxic smoke, were made at least twice as likely due to the human-caused climate crisis, scientists have found.

The polycrisis

Is this the word we need to describe unprecedented convergences of ecological, political, and economic strife?

Leaders meet for key summit on Amazon deforestation

Heads of governments from the Amazon region are meeting to discuss how to protect the crucial rainforest. Illegal deforestation has marred the region for years. Scientists fear it could be reaching a tipping point.