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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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War can seem like humanity’s constant companion. But there may be ways to lessen the desire for revenge and help people put down their arms. A surprising new study describes how a Papua New Guinea tribe known for warfare has found ways to keep the peace. What do tribes like this have to tell us about violence in other societies? Are we destined to fight, or can we really turn warriors into peacemakers?
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Polly Wiessner is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. She has conducted research among the Kalahari Bushmen since 1973 on the role of social networks in reducing risk and how Bushmen reconfigure social networks to fit changing times. Over the past decade she has studied the impact of the adoption of high-powered weapons into tribal fighting, a corresponding surge in warfare between 1990-2008, followed by a recent movement towards peace.
Contributing News Editor Elizabeth Culotta has been writing and editing stories for Science for 20 years, most recently exploring how humans and their ancestors evolved.