More Alike Than Not

At Nature, researcher Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London asks what makes a modern human. Compared to their ancestors, modern humans have evolved certain traits that are easy to distinguish, like the shape of their skulls or skeleton constructions. After that, it gets a little harder to tell the ancestors' traits from modern humans' traits, Stringer says.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.