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Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language.
Good genes, bad genes, and the impact of genetic technology on human evolution
Good genes, bad genes, and the impact of genetic technology on human evolution.
Introducing Guru Madhaven, Technology Editor of Evolution: This View of Life
How can evolution improve technology?

Guru Madhavan
Benjamin J. Bush, associate editor

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Our Stone Age brains never had or needed a way to process written symbolic language. Subsequent adaptations in neural architecture has us processing written language as if it is a physical object in space, which naturally leads to the contemporary way we use written words and the effects they have on our memories and psyches. Ferris Jabr makes a nice connection between the spatial arrangement of words on paper and a map. >>Read More
Post: February 7, 2014 3:41 am, Source: TVOL Exclusive  Comments (1) Views (30518)
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Understanding evolution can lead to better technology. But did you know that understanding technology can better elucidate evolution? …that technology itself is evolving over time to discover truths about our biology? >>Read More
Post: October 21, 2013 7:26 pm, Source: TVOL   Comments (1) Views (8668)
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Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm has partnered with a computational geneticist to research and illustrate what we might look like 20,000 years in the future, as well as 60,000 years and 100,000 years out. >>Read More
Post: June 11, 2013 9:08 am, Source: Forbes  Comments (0) Views (3334)
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A pair of researchers from 2AI Labs have developed a wearable eyeglass device that effectively cures red-green color blindness. Called O2Amps, the technology works by leveraging our capacity to see the amount of oxygen in another person's blood by simply looking at the hue of their skin. >>Read More
Post: February 7, 2013 12:52 am, Source: Io9  Comments (0) Views (1297)
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Such biological metaphors seem apt, because much of the research is a quantitative examination of words. Just as genes are the fundamental building blocks of biology, words are the raw material of ideas. >>Read More
Post: January 28, 2013 10:05 am, Source: New York Times  Comments (0) Views (1414)
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Even when they are very young, orangutans may start to form ideas about their world—specifically, how and when to use certain tools. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which indicates that ape cultural traditions may not be that different from our own. >>Read More
Post: December 19, 2012 1:05 pm, Source: Wired   Comments (0) Views (1679)
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That’s why sabermetrics might not tell the entire story about what happens on the court. Researchers at Arizona State University, led by life science professor and basketball fan Jennifer Fewell and math professor Dieter Armbruster found an ideal model to explain the results of the 2010 NBA playoffs by simply keeping their eye on the ball. >>Read More
Post: December 7, 2012 4:07 pm, Source: Wired   Comments (0) Views (1504)

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