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Alan Turing’s Underrated Biology

March 19, 2012

By Rob Mitchum Alan Turing is best known as the father of the modern computer, a skillful World War II codebreaker, and a pioneer in the study of artificial intelligence. But in the last years before Turing’s death at age 41, heĀ  aimed his [Read more]

A Time Machine for Limb Evolution

July 11, 2011

It’s one of the most significant events in Earth’s history: the moment when a sea creature first stepped – or more likely wriggled – onto land. The momentous occasion 400 million years ago opened up a whole new habitat where [Read more]

A Christmas Present for Geneticists

January 4, 2011

On Christmas morning this year, most people hoped to find an iPad, a puppy, or a luxury car wrapped in a giant red bow under their tree. But geneticists received their present a day early, in the form of two landmark papers published on Christmas [Read more]

Searching for Genetic Fossils

April 15, 2010

The hunt for human origins typically takes the form of fieldwork, with teams of paleontologists scouring the earth for the fossil that will add to the story of how our strange species came to be. That search has taken scientists from Africa to [Read more]