Penalty: What Is It Great for?

Penalty: What Is It Great for?

Given the complexity of punishment, it’s improbable that the phenomenon has a single evolutionary explanation. Visual: Hulton Archive/Stringer, Getty Images Imagine someone gets caught cheating at a poker game. What’s next? After the accusations and denials, the cheater usually suffers some form of harm — confiscated winnings, ridicule, maybe ostracism. Perhaps justifiably so: most people…
Human Beings Are Getting Rid Of Animal Types Faster Than Development Can Maintain

Human Beings Are Getting Rid Of Animal Types Faster Than Development...

Rhino and zebra in grasslands. Mammals will take millions of years to evolutionarily recover from the current extinction crisis. The sixth mass extinction, unlike the previous mass extinctions on Earth, is anthropogenic or human-caused. A team of biologists recently published their findings on the impact humans have on biodiversity and how long evolution will take to…
Chemistry Nobel Granted to Researchers for Taking the Reins on Advancement

Chemistry Nobel Granted to Researchers for Taking the Reins on Advancement

Frances H. Arnold from the California Institute of Technology was awarded one half of the award, while George P. Smith from the University of Missouri and Sir Gregory P. Winter from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the UK shared the second half. Credit: JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images Every living organism on this planet is…
3 take house chemistry Nobel for utilizing protein ‘development’

3 take house chemistry Nobel for utilizing protein ‘development’

(for more about Power Words, click here) amino acids     Simple molecules that occur naturally in plant and animal tissues and that are the basic building blocks of proteins. antibody     Any of a large number of proteins that the body produces from B cells and releases into the blood supply as part of its immune response. The production of antibodies is…
Chemistry Nobel Granted to Biologists for Taking the Reins on Advancement

Chemistry Nobel Granted to Biologists for Taking the Reins on Advancement

Frances H. Arnold from the California Institute of Technology was awarded one half of the award, while George P. Smith from the University of Missouri and Sir Gregory P. Winter from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the UK shared the second half. Credit: JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images Every living organism on this planet is…
How Animal Mummies Baffled The Dispute Over Development

How Animal Mummies Baffled The Dispute Over Development

The ancient Egyptians associated the ibis-headed god Thoth with writing, wisdom, and magic. The idea of evolution might have taken off sooner if it hadn't been for the ibis mummies. Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was one of the early proponents of the idea that species change over generations, adapting to changes in their environments. Today, biology…
Are Addictions A By-product Of Advancement?

Are Addictions A By-product Of Advancement?

Are addictions a byproduct of evolution, or do they serve a purpose? This question was originally answered on Quora by Franklin Veaux.
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