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Adaptation

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    The Man Who Changed How Artists and Scientists Work Together

    Richard Loveless believes trans-disciplinary collaborations can inspire creativity and pioneer new ways of thinking. That’s why, in 1991, he became the founding Director of the Institute for Studies in the Arts, a premiere arts research group in the College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. During his nine-year tenure, he’s funded over 200 projects […]

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    How Single Women Are Changing Society

    Bella DePaulo never fantasized about a dream wedding or being a bridesmaid. Instead, she saw herself as “single at heart,” pursuing intellectual refinement, friendship, and solitude as a young psychologist. Still, she had internalized the popular idea that married people were happier and healthier than the unmarried, and took her own pleasant experience to be […]

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    My Family, My Science

    One girl’s scientific coming of age.

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    Families of Choice Are Remaking America

    Through their networks of friends, singles are strengthening society’s social bonds.

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    Adaptation is hard—everywhere. Organisms responding to a changing environment may cycle through failed designs, or perish by evolving too slowly. A self-driving car moving down an unfamiliar road will suddenly try to take an imaginary exit. It’s harder to make someone change their mind than it is to tell them they’re right.  

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    Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body

    From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions.

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    Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming

    Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived.

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    The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon

    Adapting to the urban jungle has made Rocky smarter.

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    If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?

    Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.

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    How the Mormons Conquered America

    The success of the Mormon religion is a study in social adaptation.