Hidden Logic of Genes In Genesis?

Scarcely noticed in the Eden story, there lurk fruitful scientific ideas about why biology generated morality. 

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Does Life Work Like a Car Engine With Souped-up Complexity?

Does life work like our technology? Is life under the hood just like a car sporting souped-up complexity? 

Illustration by Julia Suits, author of The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions, and The New Yorker cartoonist.

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Who Commits More Murders: Animals or Humans?

Humans are not the most murderous creature on this planet. A recent study has laid out the rates of death and found meerkats to be the most lethal.

Meerkat staring at the camera. Photo Credit: NAPARAZZI/Flickr

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Each Of You Is A Multitude, Here's Why

Our picture of life is going through a major shift. Ed Yong's book I Contain Multitudes reveals that a genome generally doesn’t contain all the genes an organism needs. Symbiosis isn’t rare, it's the rule. And we're just the icing on life's vast microbial cake. 

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