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Contributors

By | January 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Computer Science Pioneer Dies

By | August 21, 2015

John Henry Holland, who developed genetic algorithms, has passed away. He was 86.

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Adapting to Arsenic

By | June 1, 2015

Andean communities may have evolved the ability to metabolize arsenic, a trait that could be the first documented example of a toxic substance acting as an agent of natural selection in humans.

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Marine Life Trending Larger

By | February 23, 2015

Ocean animals have been getting bigger over the millennia, according to an analysis of thousands of genera that have plied Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period.

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Books on the Beagle

By | July 17, 2014

An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible. 

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Book Excerpt from The Accidental Species

By | December 1, 2013

In Chapter 7, “The Way We Walk,” author Henry Gee describes the first steps taken by the ancestors of Homo sapiens.

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Standing Up for Sex

By | December 1, 2013

Humans evolved the ability to walk on two legs because it allowed them to more accurately size up prospective mates. Or did they?

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Q & A: Evolution Makes Do

By | July 14, 2013

Evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner argues that many evolutionary innovations may have non-adaptive origins.

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Menopause Caused by Men?

By | June 17, 2013

A new hypothesis holds that women become infertile later in life because males prefer younger mates.

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Humans Under Pressure

By | April 25, 2013

Better health care in Gambian villages lead to flip-flopping selection pressures on height and weight.

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