In the history of humankind, there is a dearth of examples of global threats so far-reaching in their impact, so dire in their consequences, and considered so likely to occur that they have engaged all nations in risk mitigation.
Early humans lived in South Africa's Sibudu Cave for tens of thousands of years, leaving the first recorded evidence of many crucial technologies—including bedding, bows and arrows, and snares to catch small animals.
The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic left a troubling legacy in Europe: More than 1300 people who received a vaccine to prevent the flu developed narcolepsy, an incurable, debilitating condition that causes overpowering daytime sleepiness, sometimes acco...
Since the mid-2000s, bioinformaticists have been comparing human, mouse, and chimp genomes to figure out the genetic changes that contributed to our big brains, bipedalism, broad diet, and other traits that have made our species so successful.
Most animals and plants approximate a cylinder in shape, and where junctions occur (as with branches of trees or limbs on animals), those corners are “faired,” meaning smoothly curved so that one surface grades into the next (1).