Chinese Hominin Bones
A new set of hominin remains from a cave in China have been analysed and they prove puzzling to place in our family tree. These “Red Deer Cave People” share some traits with modern humans but other with earlier populations. Whether or not they belong to a new species of hominin, they suggest that there is an awful lot still to learn about how, when and even how many times humans migrated into Asia. Lead author Darren Curnoe from the University of New South Wales and Dr Isabelle de Groot from the Natural History Museum in London discuss the findings.
SYWTBAS Art appreciation
Another of our amateur enthusiasts, 25 year old Dara Djavan Khoshdel from Bournemouth, kicks off his 'So You Want to Be a Scientist?' experiment at Modern Art Oxford. He is testing people's emotional reactions to art using a skin galvanometer, which measures micro-sweating. Will people react more strongly to artworks that are more valuable, without knowing their price? Adam Rutherford gets strapped in to take part in the test.
Robots and Avatars
"Visions of Our Communal Dreams", by Michael Takeo Magruder with Drew Baker, Erik Fleming and David Steele, 2012
A new exhibition opens this week at FACT, Liverpool. Co-curator Ghislane Boddington and Prof Noel Sharkey talk to Quentin about the vision behind the exhibition – of a a near future in which we all make everyday interactions with robot and avatar friends and colleagues. How near are we really to such a reality, and what are the implications?
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