articles tagged: evolution
how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

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
# podcast

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?
# sex

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?
# health

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…
# politics

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
# science

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?
# health

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
# sex

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?

why aliens are more alien than ufologists think
# astrobiology

why aliens are more alien than ufologists think

If you want to get an idea of just how alien and bizarre an extraterrestrial might look like, consider the creatures that used to live right here on Earth some 500 million years ago.

battling superbugs the evolutionary way
# health

battling superbugs the evolutionary way

One good way to fight bacteria that have a resistance to antibiotics may be to remove their resistance to antibiotics...

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