Eight Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

Homo sapiens evolved about 200,000 to 150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the human evolutionary story. Read More >>

Email Is the New Generation Gap

Two weeks ago, Giz US surveyed 3,670 people online about how they communicate. They discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they often talk on email more than they do in real life, and younger people who love in-person meetings and use a variety of apps. Is this our first digital generation gap? Read More >>

Field Guides We Wish We Had

Over at Bird and Moon, naturalist Rosemary Mosco has created a small booklist of field guides that will never exist. But we wish they did! Read More >>

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, radiation bombardment, and even the vacuum of deep space. Now scientists have sequenced a tardigrade genome, and are very surprised by the results. Read More >>

I Am Drooling Over This Electronics Toolkit Right Now

I would not be along in thinking that iFixit makes brilliant tool kits – perhaps the best. And now the company updated their bestselling Pro Tech toolkit for the next generation of gadgets in your life. And it’s just beautiful. I want one. Read More >>

Bangladesh Bans Facebook, WhatsApp to Stop “Criminals”

Last week, the government of Bangladesh ordered ISPs to ban Facebook and other social media. In the chaos that followed, the entire country lost internet access for over an hour. Read More >>

One Way That Scientists’ Brains Are Different From Other People’s

A bizarre research study has revealed that neuroscientists are more excited at the prospect of seeing their names in prominent research journals than they are by piles of money. Read More >>

The Greatest iPhone Accessory Ever Made

Well, OK, it’s not the kind of dongle you’d expect. The paperback sticky note is a pad of paper that sticks to the back of your iPhone 6, allowing you to (gasp) use your phone as an actual, real notepad as well as a computer. Read More >>

The Uncomfortable Story of How a Tweet About Nail Polish Became a Media Freakout

Parker Molloy likes to take pictures of weird things in her off-hours. Sometimes she posts them on Twitter with short quips. And then one day, one of her least popular tweets turned into a shitstorm. Read More >>

Scientific Study: Victoria’s Secret Perfume Is Great Mosquito Repellent

A group of scientists wanted to find the most effective mosquito repellents. So they tested 10 different substances, including campout standbys like DEET, as well as a random choice: Victoria’s Secret perfume Bombshell. Turns out the perfume is almost as good as DEET. Read More >>

Biotech Entrepreneur Peers into Your Medical Future (for £16,500)

Biotech visionary and entrepreneur Craig Venter, famous for inventing a technique to sequence his own genome back in the 1990s, has embarked on a new venture. For $25,000 (just over £16,500), his startup Human Longevity will give you every possible futuristic medical test, potentially revealing your risk for Alzheimer’s. Read More >>

Google’s Latest Hire Has a Creepy Plan to Track Your Mental Health

Google’s parent company Alphabet has just hired Thomas Insel, the former head of the National Institute of Mental Health, who has some pretty weird ideas about what his new job will entail. Read More >>

New Study Suggests Alzheimer’s is Associated with Brain Fungus

Every year, more people over the age of 65 are suffering from dementia. Researchers are still searching for a cause, but a new study offers a fascinating possibility: some cases of Alzheimer’s may be linked to a simple brain fungus. Read More >>

Captive Octopuses Get Bored Unless You Give Them Puzzles

Over at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Steinhart Aquarium biologists say that it’s not enough to keep octopuses fed and healthy. The highly-intelligent cephalopods get unhappy if they don’t have things to do with their minds. Read More >>

New, Ultrafast Swimming Drones are Tiny Ocean Explorers

The future of drones isn’t in the skies. It’s in the ocean. That’s what the OpenROV team proved in 2012 with their wildly successful remote-controlled ocean-going drone (complete with underwater camera). And now they’re back with the Trident, a sleeker, faster model – which I took for a test swim last week at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay. Read More >>