Our Individuality is Not Determined by Our Genes

Put 50 newborn worms in 50 separate containers, and they’ll all start looking for food at roughly the same time. Like members of other species, microscopic C. elegans roundworms tend to act like other individuals their own age. It turns out that the innate system that controls age-appropriate #behavior in a developing worm is not […]

Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence

People often forget that we designed computers not just based upon strictly rational but emotional purposes as well to help solve complex problems.  For example we would not have designed a calculator if there was no desire to solve mathematical issues.  Humans are emotionally tied to problem solving and thus it helps them formulate decisions. […]

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Genetic Struggles Within Cells May Create New Species | Quanta Magazine

Mitonuclear conflict — a struggle between the genes in a cell’s nucleus and its mitochondria — might sometimes split species in two.

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In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery | Quanta Magazine

Scientists have created a synthetic organism that possesses only the genes it needs to survive. But they have no idea what roughly a third of those genes do.

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Researchers are using Darwin's theories to evolve AI, so only the strongest algorithms survive

Modern artificial intelligence is built to mimic nature-the field’s main pursuit is replicating in a computer the same decision-making prowess that humankind creates biologically. For the better part of three decades, most of AI’s brain-inspired development has surrounded “neural networks,” a term borrowed from neurobiology that describes machine thought as the movement of data through…

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Scientists May Have Discovered What Allowed Life to Evolve

Researchers have discovered that chemically active droplets grow to a set size and then divide on their own accord in a way that’s very similar to living cell division. The discovery could help us understand how the very first living cells initially evolved from protocells billions of years ago, though much more research is still ahead of us.

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Scales, Feathers and Hair Have a Common Ancestor

An ancient reptilian creature was found by researchers to be the source of the spikes, plumage and fur that cover reptiles, birds and mammals.

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Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species | @GrrlScientist

GrrlScientist: The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study — a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come

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Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species | @GrrlScientist

GrrlScientist: The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study — a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come