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The simple nerve cells of sea creatures helped scientists fathom human memory.
How coral revolutionized human bone repair.
A fluorescent protein helped researchers illuminate human cellular biology.
This Yellowstone bacterium sparked PCR, one of the great advances in genetics.
The $325 billion biotech industry began with the discovery of an enzyme to slice DNA.
The responsibilities and challenges of programmed luck.
It’s not the immensity or inscrutability, but that it reduces physical law to happenstance.
The conservation ecologist discusses the plight of animals in a human-dominated landscape.
How cities are like Kim Kardashian.
The Gaia hypothesis implies that once alien life takes hold, it will flourish.
Nature makes chance, humans make luck.
Bad ideas die hard, and then sometimes they come back to life. One such bad idea is the so-called design argument that goes something like this: “Behold the human eye: It is perfectly…Read More
No one likes to hear about the freezers full of euthanized animals. It’s an uncomfortable reality, but often animal rescue workers have no option but to kill sick or badly wounded animals—as…Read More
Wondrous talent—like that of mathematical and artistic savants or child prodigies—is exceedingly rare. It occurs so unexpectedly one may be tempted to think of the phenomena as sui…Read More
For the last two years of his baseball career, George Gmelch didn’t eat pancakes. Playing in the Detroit Tigers minor league system in the 1960s, two disappointing post-pancake games…Read More