Apr 14, 2021
Genetic Mistakes That Could Shape Humanity
He Jiankui seemed nervous. At the time, he was an obscure researcher working at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. But he had been working on...
Apr 4, 2021
If Planet Nine Exists, Why Has No One Seen It?
Percival Lowell was a man of many errors. The 19th-Century travel writer and businessman – fabulously wealthy, perennially moustachioed, and often found in crisp...
Mar 29, 2021
The Forgotten Medieval Fruit With a Vulgar Name
In 2011, archaeologists found something unusual in a Roman toilet. The team were excavating the ancient village of Tasgetium (now Eschenz, Switzerland), ruled by a Celtic king who...
Feb 8, 2021
The Last Secrets of the World's "Lost" Continent
It was 1642 and Abel Tasman was on a mission. The experienced Dutch sailor, who sported a flamboyant moustache, bushy goatee and penchant for rough justice – he later tried...
Jan 14, 2021
What Sex With Neanderthals Was Like
Their eyes met across the rugged mountain landscape of prehistoric Romania. He was a Neanderthal, and stark naked apart from a fur cape. He had good posture and pale skin, perhaps...
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