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The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

The biologist Joan Strassmann discusses the evolution of cooperation, how amoebas can teach us about competition, and why the definition of “organism” needs an overhaul

December 1, 2015 — Veronique Greenwood and Quanta Magazine

Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution—how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi

November 30, 2015 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

How We Are All a Little Neandertal

Human DNA is 1 to 2% Neandertal, or more, depending on where your ancestors lived. Svante Pääbo, founder of the field of paleogenetics and winner of a 2016 Breakthrough Prize, explains why that matters

November 20, 2015

Howler Monkeys Trade Testicles for Decibels

Among howler monkey species, loud calls come at the expense of testicle size and sperm production—or to put it another way, monkeys with the largest testes don't make as much noise

November 13, 2015 — Jason G. Goldman

Dino's Tail Might Have Whipped It Good

Researchers built a physical model of the tail of the late Jurassic dinosaur Apatosaurus and found that its tail tip could have moved at supersonic speed to produce a whip-crack sound  

October 16, 2015

Babies Just Want to Be Smiled at

By studying the interactions of babies and their mothers, researchers determined that babies smile in hopes others will smile at them. Erika Beras reports

October 8, 2015 — Erika Beras

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