articles tagged: evolution
world of weird things podcast: the most abundant lifeforms in the universe
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world of weird things podcast: the most abundant lifeforms in the universe

As scientists search for evidence of life on other worlds in our solar system and beyond, they’re starting to ask how to define life in the first place.

do dogs hold the answer to the mysteries of social evolution?
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do dogs hold the answer to the mysteries of social evolution?

Scientists studying how communication and cooperation evolves are turning towards dogs to shed light on long-standing mysteries.

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
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how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.

world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life
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world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life

Get ready for a weekly dose of weird science and bleeding edge technology in an audio format, optimized for your commute and downtime.

does evolution slack off in the bedroom?
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does evolution slack off in the bedroom?

A widely covered study alleges that humans lost the penile bone and a certain measure of endurance in mating. But that finding seems to be at odds with other studies.

what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?
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what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?

We finally know why elephants are more resistant to cancers than humans. Can we use the same strategy they do?

when what’s profitable doesn’t mean what’s right, and what we’re wired to do about it…
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when what’s profitable doesn’t mean what’s right, and what we’re wired to do about it…

Numerous studies show that humans have a biological aversion to extreme unfairness and inequality, and lash out when we encounter it.

why melting permafrost could mean more disease
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why melting permafrost could mean more disease

Another scary side-effect of global warming may be the resurrection of ancient viruses from melting permafrost.

wait a minute, haven’t we seen this movie before?
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wait a minute, haven’t we seen this movie before?

The easy way to make gene therapy more effective may be to resurrect a virus' evolutionary ancestors in a lab...

the hidden costs of a world with a tenth of the men
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the hidden costs of a world with a tenth of the men

A satirical book about exterminating 90% of all men for a better world got some traction again. What would happen if we took it seriously and followed through?

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