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Evolution’s Stowaways

By Alan de Queiroz | January 1, 2014

Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.

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Book Excerpt from Brave Genius

By Sean B. Carroll | November 1, 2013

In Chapter 20, “On the Same Path,” author Sean Carroll describes the initial meeting between Nobel Laureates Jacques Monod and Albert Camus.

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Chance and Necessity

By Sean B. Carroll | November 1, 2013

War and justice brought together two of the greatest minds of the 20th century, a scientist and a writer.

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Book Excerpt from Evolution and Medicine

By Robert Perlman | October 1, 2013

In Chapter 11, “Man-made diseases,” author Robert Perlman describes how socioeconomic health disparities arise in hierarchical societies.

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A New Way of Seeing

By M. Joan Dawson | September 1, 2013

Inspiration and controversy attended the birth of magnetic resonance imaging, a diagnostic technology that changed the course of human medicine.

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Book Excerpt from Paul Lauterbur and the Invention of MRI

By M. Joan Dawson | September 1, 2013

In Chapter 6, “The first fruitful weeks,” author M. Joan Dawson describes her late husband’s first steps in the invention of a revolutionary imaging technology.

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Book Excerpt from Cosmic Apprentice

By Dorion Sagan | August 1, 2013

In Chapter 9, “Life Gave Earth the Blues,” author Dorion Sagan addresses the planet’s exuberant color palette, evoking the contribution of industrious microbes.

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Intelligent Life: The Search Continues

By Dorion Sagan | August 1, 2013

Humans continue to scan the cosmos for a familiar brand of intelligence while ignoring a deeper form that pulses here at home.

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In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.

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Widening the Fertile Window

By Robert Martin | July 1, 2013

Women may be able to store viable sperm for longer than a week, thus contributing to apparent variability in pregnancy lengths.

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