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EVOLUTION

 

Why Sex? Biologists Find New Explanations

By CHRISTIE WILCOX

Why did sex evolve? Theories usually focus on the diversity of future generations, but some researchers find compelling explanations in the immediate benefits to individuals.

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MOLECULAR BIOLOGY(2017)
 

Missing Mutations Suggest a Reason for Sex

By  VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

Statistics hint that severely damaging mutations should be more common in the population. Sex might help natural selection purge excessive mistakes from our genes.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG(2019)
 

Why Evolution Reversed These Insects' Sex Organs

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

These female insects evolved to have penises — twice. The reasons challenge common assumptions about sex.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

Why Are Black Holes
So Bright?

By  LIZ KRUESI

And why is the black hole at the center of our own galaxy so dim?

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(2019)ASTROPHYSICS
 

Astronomers Find Black Holes Stirring Up the Biggest Galaxies

By  CHARLIE WOOD

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They'll Be

By  ROBIN GEORGE ANDREWS

The "pinball" model of a slipping fault line borrows from the mathematics of avalanches.

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GEOPHYSICS(2019)

 

Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction

By ASHLEY SMART

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

John Conway Solved Mathematical Problems With His Bare Hands

By  KEVIN HARTNETT

The legendary mathematician, who died on April 11, was curious, colorful and one of the greatest problem-solvers of his generation.

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NUMBER THEORY(2015)
 

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine's Shadow

By ERICA KLARREICH

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QUANTA SCIENCE PODCAST
 

Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; story by MONIQUE BROUILLETTE

Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow metagenomics researchers to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.

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