Out of all these ideas, will one rise to the top?
We don't know much about the origins of most human achievements – scientific and otherwise. Like evolution, does progress occur as random insights are selected for or against?
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While there is currently interest interest in artificial intelligence, it offers limited achievements, such as the autonomous car. Tomorrow, machines will learn alone and forge solutions.
There wouldn’t be statues acclaiming Darwin and his theory if it couldn’t stand up to decades of testing.
In science, the word 'theory' has a very specific meaning that's easy for nonscientists to misunderstand or misconstrue. Here's what a theory must withstand to be accepted by the scientific community.
It's a watery battle of the sexes.
Animals that group together to fight off evolutionary pressure may actually evolve faster.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Robots that can reproduce could improve their design in ways we wouldn't think of but still within our control.
Both biology and culture likely contribute to our reproductive behaviour.
Is a woman's longing for a child evolution at work, or social conditioning? And what about those who don't want kids? Are they defying nature? Probably not, as almost everyone wants sex.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
Darwin's insights into life on Earth may have revolutionised biology, but scientists sometimes get carried away. It's not the only game in town.
Mexico City Uber protests on July 29.
Some theorists suggest that such platforms are making our world more efficient by natural selection. The reality is a little more complicated.
The young Darwin was also a great geologist.
Had the young naturalist not made a great discovery about rock formations in the first half of his career, On the Origin of the Species might never have been written.
The discovery of the genes that influence the beak shape in the famous Galapagos finches highlight the underlying unity of all life.
Darwin's finches are known to be a paragon of evolution by natural selection, but a recent genetic discovery relating to their beaks highlights the evolutionary connectedness of all life.
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Invasive species colonize and spread widely in places where they are not normally found. Invasives often affect native species by eating them, out-competing them and introducing unfamiliar parasites and…
New research shows golden orb weaving spiders are larger in cities compared to their relatives in the bush.
Find yourself thinking that the spider living in your garden is the biggest you’ve ever seen? You could be right. New research shows some spiders are getting larger and even doing better in cities than…
Children may understand complex scientific concepts from a significantly younger age that first thought, new research suggests…
More people is better for evolution.
Charles Darwin famously drew upon Thomas Malthus’s treatise on human population growth to build his theory of evolution by natural selection. Malthus was worried about the rising population of the lower…
The Falkland Islands wolf was marooned for thousands of years before going extinct.
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A long-standing natural history mystery has been solved, as my colleagues and I explain today in the journal Nature Communications. The Falkland Islands wolf, or warrah, may have been the world’s loneliest…
Australian researchers have provided the first support for a 60-year-old evolution theory - that species with multiple colours…
Darwin’s theory of natural selection is not the only method of evolution. Research shows that some evolutionary traits in…