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Biology

Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

September 25, 2013

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.

Biology

Evolution as Opportunist

September 4, 2013

A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called exaptation.

machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

August 29, 2013

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.

networks

Nature’s Loopy Architecture

August 14, 2013

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.

evolution

On Microbial Frontier, Cooperation Thrives

August 2, 2013

Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.

Q&A

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

July 30, 2013

An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.

computer science

Evidence That Machines Learn Like Us

July 23, 2013

Studies show that computer models called “neural networks” behave strikingly similar to actual brains when performing certain tasks, suggesting the two may learn in the same way.

evolution

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

July 16, 2013

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.

genetics

Tiny Genomes and the Origin of Complex Cells

June 20, 2013

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell.