Back to the Beginning

Everything has a beginning, and NPR's TED Radio Hour takes a look at origins, both the origin of the universe and of humans.

"This is one of those deep human questions that I feel like we as a species should be trying to answer," Spencer Wells, the director of the Genographic Project at the National Geography Society, tells NPR's Guy Raz.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.