Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian.

The world has become more peaceful

Although the war in Syria is in its eighth year, statisticians have established that the world is becoming increasingly peaceful. Their data are derived from a war database that contains information about all wars dating back to 1800.

Scientists Are Replacing Plastic With Algae

Two Dutch scientists are using algae to replace plastics throughout their city – and if their mission proves successful, they believe that no one will ever have to use plastic again.

Los Angeles, US, moves to ban fur products

The city of Los Angeles, a leading center of the world’s fashion industry, moved on Tuesday toward becoming the largest U.S. metropolis to outlaw the sale and manufacture of most fur products within its limits.

Being transgender is not a mental disorder, WHO decides

In a historic decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to no longer classify transgender people as mentally ill. The declassification should lead to less stigma.

France starts work on revolutionary 'Alzheimer's village'

The inhabitants will be all men and women suffering from Alzheimer. Residents of the village will be able to shop in a small supermarket, go to the hairdressers, local brasserie, library, gym and even a little farm.

New Zealand to house country's entire homeless population

New Zealand's government has vowed to get the country's entire homeless population off the streets before winter hits the country next month.

Why economic 'degrowth' is an ethical imperative

Degrowth is the name given to the planned, deliberate process by which we can transition from an economy in ecological overshoot to one that operates within its host planetary environment.

Canada to Invest $150 Million in Plant-Based Food Sector

The country aims to develop a more sustainable food system that relies on plant-based foods instead of animal agriculture.

How ‘Cultural Evolution’ Can Give Us the Tools to Build Global-Scale Resilience

The goal of cultural evolution is to help us make ethical decisions about how to govern society.

A school in US hopes to see suspensions drop with new meditation offering

Rather than sending misbehaving children straight to the principal's office, a Merrillville elementary school in US is teaching basic meditation techniques.

Norway Set to Ban All Fur Farming

The ban will force the country’s 340 fur farms to close down by 2025.

Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men in world first

The tiny Nordic nation first introduced legislation last March to help close an existing wage gap, but the law did not come into effect until the first day of 2018.

The world's first vending machine for the homeless is 100% free

New charity is installing vending machines with food and items like socks for the homeless in the United Kingdom.

How the world's first floating city could restore the environment

The world got a little closer to the first floating city when the Seasteading Institute signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government earlier this year.