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    World’s Oldest Fossils Now Appear to Be Squished Rocks

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. In August 2016, a research team claimed to have unearthed evidence of life in a remote outcrop of 3.7-billion-year-old rocks in Greenland. This bold claim not only pushed back the origin of life by at least 220 million years, it also added to a growing body of evidence that challenged the standard story […]

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    The Problem with Scientific Credit

    Our algorithm said a courtesy driver should have won the Nobel Prize.

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    We Are All Bewildered Machines

    Bewilderment is the antidote to scientific reductionism.

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    A Eulogy for a Cow

    How commodified animals die.

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    The Woman Who Reinvented the Moon

    A MacArthur “genius grant” winner writes a new lunar origin story.

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    What’s Wrong with Bananas

    How industrial agriculture stole sex from our most important fresh fruit crop.

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    We Need an FDA For Algorithms

    UK mathematician Hannah Fry on the promise and danger of an AI world.

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    Chaos Makes the Multiverse Unnecessary

    Science predicts only the predictable, ignoring most of our chaotic universe.

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    Paving Over the Fossil Record

    Why isn’t India doing more to protect its rare evolutionary record?

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    Why Do Taxonomists Write the Meanest Obituaries?

    The open nature of the science of classification virtually guarantees fights.