David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.

How Did Life Begin on Earth?

David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.


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In Theory

Are We Alone in the Universe?

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David Kaplan explores the best ways to search for alien life on distant planets.

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Leslie Valiant: Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life

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Leslie Valiant explains the term “ecorithm.”

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Richard Dawid: Why Trust a Theory?

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Richard Dawid discusses the fine line between science and speculation.

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Christoph Adami: The Information Theory of Life

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Christoph Adami explains how information theory can explain the persistence of life.

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Joan Strassmann: The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

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Joan Strassmann explains the benefits of studying social amoebas.

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Gabriela González: Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity

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Gabriela González explains how to measure black-hole collisions using gravitational waves.

In Theory

What Is a Species?

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David Kaplan explains why a simple definition of “species” is hard to come by.

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Nima Arkani-Hamed’s Visions of Future Physics

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Nima Arkani-Hamed makes his “big-picture” case for building a 100-TeV particle collider.

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Nancy Moran: An Explorer of Life’s Deepest Partnerships

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Nancy Moran explains how colony collapse disorder led her to study the bacteria that live in the guts of bees.