In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram's electric-shock studies showed that people will obey even the most abhorrent of orders. But recently, researchers have begun to question his conclusions—and offer some of their own.
Modern Melanesians share genes with Denisovans, but it’s the missing ones that are most telling.
New research suggests that unlike humans, the peaceful primates pay more attention to bonding opportunities than they do to threats.
The recent discovery of ancient remains with signs of the disease shows how mysterious its origins are.
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The discovery of 27 skeletons in Kenya hints that warfare has been with us for a very long time.
A new paper uses prehistoric animal injuries to argue that people populated the region thousands of years earlier than previously believed.
The Iceman cometh, and he’s raising some questions about ancient migration patterns.
A tale of Christmas-tree decorations and lead-poisoning prevention
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The murky science of interspecies bonds
The cards Overweight Haters Ltd. is handing out to passengers on the Tube aren’t just cruel; they’re ineffective.
What do an airport and a Star Wars premiere have in common?
A new study argues that they would have gone extinct if humans hadn’t intervened.
The Meteor, staffed by residents of Alabama’s first psychiatric hospital, was part of an experiment in the way the U.S. cared for the mentally ill.
Extinct? More like ex-stink.
Why your doctor no longer says you’re “going mad”
The backlash to the man who founded the Museum of Menstruation raises the question: Is there a right way for men to talk about periods?