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Captive elephants are not as healthy as their native counterparts. Under the care of zookeepers, these large terrestrial mammals have shorter life spans and far lower birth rates.    Obesity from under-excising or over-eating is often thought to be the Read more…


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In modern times, a great deal of research has focused on the way that artificial light sources mess up our sleep and health, due to the unnatural effects of illumination after the Sun goes down.   But just how unnatural Read more…


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The evolution of the opposable thumb is often placed hand-in-hand with the rise of stone tools. Without the ability to grasp or manipulate objects with power and precision, some scientists think our early human ancestors may never have driven our Read more…


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The Atacama Desert has a fearsome reputation. The world’s driest non-polar desert, located along the Pacific coast of northern Chile, constitutes a hyperarid, Mars-like environment – one so extreme that when it rains in this parched place, it can bring Read more…


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Every now and again, we get a little glimpse of just how far human ingenuity has gone. Quite literally: The above image was taken by a spacecraft travelling through the Solar System while it was at a distance of 251 Read more…


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The idea of artificial intelligence overthrowing humankind has been talked about for many decades, and scientists have just delivered their verdict on whether we’d be able to control a high-level computer super-intelligence. The answer? Almost definitely not.   The catch Read more…

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