Reproducible Research as Our New Default

The last decade has been a sobering one for science, marked by increasingly frank worries that “something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations’” to quote Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet. He continues: Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together […]

A Game-Changer in the Study of Human Origins

In 2013, two recreational cavers exploring a deep recess of the Rising Star cave in South Africa stumbled across a massive collection of (what appeared to be) human bones. Researchers excavating the site subsequently unearthed the largest paleoanthropological finding in Africa to date: more than 1,500 bones from 15 different individuals—adults to infants, exceptionally well preserved. […]