More Stories in Humans

  1. A painting of a group of Xiongnu herders riding horses with more livestock seen off to the side.

    How Asia’s first nomadic empire broke the rules of imperial expansion

    New studies reveal clues to how mobile rulers assembled a multiethnic empire of herders known as the Xiongnu more than 2,000 years ago.

  2. A close up photo of a mosquito resting on a person's finger.
    Health & Medicine

    Four things to know about malaria cases in the United States

    Five people have picked up malaria in the United States without traveling abroad. The risk of contracting the disease remains extremely low.

  3. A photo of three ancient stone artifacts from the island of Palawan in the Philippines on a black background.

    Indigenous input revealed early hints of fiber making in the tropics

    To decipher marks on nearly 40,000-year-old stone tools and figure out what they were used for, researchers turned to the Philippines’ Pala’wan people.

  4. A photo of a teen boy's profile with the light shining just on his face.

    Boys experience depression differently than girls. Here’s why that matters

    Boys’ depression often manifests as anger or irritability, but teen mental health surveys tend to ask about hopelessness.

  5. A photo of a hominid leg fossil on a black background with a magnified view of it on the right shows a variety of scratches and gouges.

    Fossil marks suggest hominids butchered one another around 1.45 million years ago

    Researchers disagree whether new evidence of stone tool marks on a hominid leg bone reflects ancient cannibalism or perhaps some other, undetected behavior.

  6. A photo of the pages of a book called the Dresden Codex.

    50 years ago, a search for proof that the Maya tracked comets came up short

    The mystery of whether the ancient civilization tracked comets endures, but recent evidence hints the Maya tracked related meteor showers.

  7. A photo of a sign for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration.

    The first gene therapy for muscular dystrophy has been approved for some kids

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a shortened version of a gene for a muscle protein to be used in 4- and 5-year-olds with muscular dystrophy.

  8. A photo of Eakta Jain standing next to a brown horse in a grassy area.

    How understanding horses could inspire more trustworthy robots

    Computer scientist Eakta Jain pioneered the study of how human-horse interactions could help improve robot design and shape human-robot interactions.

  9. An image of several red blood cells.
    Health & Medicine

    ‘In the Blood’ traces how a lifesaving product almost didn’t make it

    There’s plenty of drama in Charles Barber’s new book, which explores why a blood-clotting invention was initially dismissed.