11 Evolution News Articles from 2007
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12-8-07 Gene helps exercise lift depression
Gene helps exercise lift depression
Suggests the antidepressant effects of a workout may one day come in a pill.
12-1-07 The Origin of Schizophrenia
The Origin of Schizophrenia
The article offers information about the mental disorder schizophrenia and why the genes associated with this disease persist through generations. A study found that a gene known as disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 may be responsible for the resilience of the disease because of its ability to tamper with brain functions in the hippocampus.
11-12-07 Source of human empathy found in brain
Source of human empathy found in brain
They have been implicated in empathy, language acquisition and even consciousness itself. Now individual mirror neurons have been directly observed in people for the first time.
11-6-07 Going global: How humans conquered the world
Going global: How humans conquered the world
LONG before the Nike logo and McDonald's golden arches straddled the planet, there was a truly global brand. Before the worldwide web, before mass production and even before the first economist, our own species, Homo sapiens, had penetrated every corner of the globe, succeeding in an unrivalled array of environments, from the unforgiving cold of the Arctic tundra to the blazing heat of the Australian outback and the humid forests of the Amazon.
11-3-07 Survival of the selfless
Survival of the selfless
"ALTHOUGH a high standard of morality gives but a slight or no advantage to each individual man and his children over the other men of the same tribe... an advancement in the standard of morality will certainly give an immense advantage to the species."
10-28-07 Gene proves fingers formed from fins
Gene proves fingers formed from fins
It brings a new meaning to the term fish fingers. Our fingers and toes really did evolve from the fins of ancient fish, a discovery that finally resolves a debate over when digits first appeared.
10-27-07 Going Global
At last, the story of how the naked ape conquered the world is being told.
10-15-07 During Their Fertile Period Lap Dancers Earn More Money
During Their Fertile Period Lap Dancers Earn More Money
Take a bunch of lap dancers, some lustful men and a fistful of dollars, and you have the best evidence yet for the controversial idea that women send out signals which reveal their fertile periods. (Webmaster's comment: The website this article is on gets it wrong in the title. Women do not earn more money when menstruating, they earn more money during their fertile period, which is not during menstruation.)
8-18-07 Free will revisited
Free will revisited
Earlier this year I temporarily gave up any pretense of having free will for the duration of a transatlantic flight to a meeting in California to discuss free will and the brain. This endeavor is the kind of Big Question that the John Templeton Foundation funds when not, more controversially, encouraging interactions between science and religion.
5-15-07 Is morality innate and universal?
Is morality innate and universal?
Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser's new theory says evolution hardwired us to know right from wrong. But here's the confusing part: It also gave us a lot of wiggle room.
4-27-07 The Breath of Life
The Breath of Life
The extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago is perhaps the most celebrated scientific story of modern times. Surprisingly, though, no one pays much attention to an equally intriguing mystery.
11 Evolution News Articles from 2007
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