evolution

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A new UNSW science video series on evolution that explores some of the big questions and myths about what it means to be human has been launched.

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Microbes in oceans produce around half the oxygen we breathe. Now a study has shown their movement is hindered by geographical boundaries, raising concerns about their susceptibility to climate change.

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Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows. 

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We have little to fear from mutating viruses. It is the rapidly evolving ones that we should be worried about, writes Rob Brooks.

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Discoveries around how humans have evolved since the Stone Age provide troubling insights into where we may be headed as a species, writes Darren Curnoe.

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We still face a major chasm in knowledge about how our thinking and behaviour evolved to be so different from other apes, writes Darren Curnoe.

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Research suggests the beard styles embraced by hipster culture are likely to grow less attractive as they become more popular, writes Rob Brooks

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Questions of paternity tap a deep well of human insecurity, writes Rob Brooks, who has consulted on a new documentary series on the issue.

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Research on how alcohol affects the behaviour of monogamous prairie voles is providing insights into sex differences in the brain functions of humans, writes Rob Brooks. 

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UNSW scientists have developed a new evolutionary theory on why consuming a diet that is very low in nutrients extends lifespan in laboratory animals – research that could hold clues to promoting healthier ageing in humans.

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