Different Realities

Thomas Mailund blogs that even though he is a geneticist who studies ape ancestry and dates speciation events, he can't understand paleontology papers. He describes looking through a few papers to determine whether the paleontological and genetic estimates of ape and human speciation match, which, as he understood from one paper has a lower bound of 18 million years ago. "So I tried actually understanding the paper...

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.