141 articles
  • Barash_HERO

    Life Beyond Human Has to Play by the Rules

    A zoologist explains why complex life anywhere depends on natural selection.

  •  Kershenbaum_HERO

    How Intelligent Could Life Be Without Natural Selection?

    Don’t be surprised if alien life forms are a lot like us.

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    How Coronavirus Mutations Arise and New Variants Emerge

    This piece was produced in cooperation with the Nib. Maki Naro is an award-winning feral cartoonist and science communicator. You can reliably find him online, where he tweets from the handle @sciencecomic Diana Kwon is a freelance science journalist based in Berlin, Germany. She primarily covers the life sciences and health, and her work has appeared in Scientific American, The Scientist, Nature, Knowable […]

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    When Evolution Is Infectious

    How “probiotic epidemics” help wildlife—and us—survive.

  • Krakauer_HERO

    Playing Go with Darwin

    New research elevates evolution from a tactical process to one of strategic possibility.

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    New Clues to Chemical Origins of Metabolism at Dawn of Life

    The ingredients for reactions ancestral to metabolism could have formed very easily in the primordial soup, October 2020 work suggests.