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DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

 

Nature Versus Nurture? Add 'Noise' to the Debate.

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

We give our genes and our environment all the credit for making us who we are. But random noise during development might be a deciding factor, too.

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MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY          (2019)

 

The Math That Tells Cells What They Are

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

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CELL BIOLOGY                      (2019)

 

Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality

By CARRIE ARNOLD

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Q&A
 

A Rapid End Strikes the Dinosaur Extinction Debate

By JOSHUA SOKOL

The paleontologist Pincelli Hull has nailed down the timing and speed of the extinction that killed off the dinosaurs — details that carry ominous warnings for today.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG(2019)

 

How Nearby Stellar Explosions Could Have Killed Off Large Animals

By REBECCA BOYLE
 

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS
 

The Brain Reshapes Our Malleable Senses to Fit the World

By RICHARD MASLAND

How does experience alter our perceptions? This adapted book excerpt from We Know It When We See It describes how the brain's visual system rewires itself to make the best use of its neural resources.

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MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY(2019)

 

A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision

By KEVIN HARTNETT
 

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

Billion-Year-Old Algae and Newer Genes Hint at Land Plants' Origin

By DANA NAJJAR

A recently unearthed fossil and new genomic discoveries are filling important gaps in scientists' understanding of how primitive green algae eventually evolved into land vegetation.

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EVOLUTION(2017)

 

Simple Bacteria Offer Clues to the Origins of Photosynthesis

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ
 

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THE JOY OF X
 

Brian Nosek and Rebecca Goldin on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology

Hosted by STEVEN STROGATZ

The psychology researcher Brian Nosek and the mathematician Rebecca Goldin speak with host Steven Strogatz about what it's like to be the bearers of unpopular truths.

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QUANTA SCIENCE PODCAST
 

The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; story by JOSHUA SOKOL

Two women programmers played a pivotal role in the birth of chaos theory. Their previously untold story illustrates the changing status of computation in science.

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INSIGHTS PUZZLE
 

Solution: Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?

By PRADEEP MUTALIK
While the age-old chicken-and-egg paradox is easily answered, the question of infinite regress in physics is far from resolved.

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