MachineMachine /stream - tagged with evolution https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Why Are Octopuses So Smart? - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/

A small shark spots its prey—a meaty, seemingly defenseless octopus. The shark ambushes, and then, in one of the most astonishing sequences in the series Blue Planet II, the octopus escapes. First, it shoves one of its arms into the predator’s vulnerable gills.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:13:01 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene
<![CDATA[Do Cyborgs Have Politics? — Pax Solaria]]> http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics

Image by Jamy van Zyl In 1986, Science and Technology Studies scholar Langdon Winner launched a debate about the power of technologies to shape human politics when he asked “do artefacts have politics?” A technology like the Robert Moses-designed overpasses that arc above the roads from New Yor

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Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:13:25 -0700 http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics
<![CDATA[Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic - Scientific American]]> https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/

As a clinical geneticist, Paul James is accustomed to discussing some of the most delicate issues with his patients. But in early 2010, he found himself having a particularly awkward conversation about sex.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:26 -0700 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/
<![CDATA[Is DNA Hardware or Software? - Grow by Ginkgo]]> https://www.growbyginkgo.com/2020/06/29/is-dna-hardware-or-software/

In mid-January, a group of computer scientists and biologists from the University of Vermont, Tufts, and Harvard announced that they had created an entirely new life form — xenobots, the world’s first living robots.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:20 -0700 https://www.growbyginkgo.com/2020/06/29/is-dna-hardware-or-software/
<![CDATA[When did modern humans first arrive in Europe? – podcast | Science | The Guardian]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/579384

Nicola Davis speaks to Prof Jean-Jacques Hublin about new archaeological discoveries which reveal that modern humans co-existed with Neanderthals for several thousand years

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/may/28/when-did-modern-humans-first-arrive-in-europe-podcast

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Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:46:25 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/579384
<![CDATA[The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think | Psychology Today]]> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think

Ask yourself the following: Would you feel confident taking an over-the-counter medication if you were 98 percent sure it would work safely? Would you dare to gamble all your savings in a one-off scheme in which you had a 98 percent chance of losing it all? The coronavirus is a similar no-brainer.

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Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:23 -0800 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think
<![CDATA[Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests | Science | AAAS]]> https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests

When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us.

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Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:36:43 -0800 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests
<![CDATA[Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/computers-evolve-a-new-path-toward-human-intelligence-20191106/

In 2007, Kenneth Stanley, a computer scientist at the University of Central Florida, was playing with Picbreeder, a website he and his students had created, when an alien became a race car and changed his life.

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Sat, 09 Nov 2019 10:51:26 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/computers-evolve-a-new-path-toward-human-intelligence-20191106/
<![CDATA[The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.

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Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:05:08 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/
<![CDATA[Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three designated weekdays Musk spends at SpaceX.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:50 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars
<![CDATA[Fungal Hallucinogens Send Cicadas on Sex Binges After Their Genitals Fall Off]]> https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals

In latest gruesome nature news, scientists have discovered new details on a fungus that compels its cicada hosts to mate long after their genitals have gone and their bodies have turned into what one researcher colourfully describes as 'flying salt shakers of death'.

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Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:41 -0700 https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals
<![CDATA[0AZ: Alien Rhythms]]> http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html

There was only one thing that I didn't like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn't been there before.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:46:26 -0700 http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html
<![CDATA[Natural’s Not in It — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/

If the 20th century promised better living through chemistry, the 21st century has promised better living through digital technology.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:44:08 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/
<![CDATA[Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent. To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:03 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html
<![CDATA[Speculative biology: understanding the past and predicting our future | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future

In 1981, a remarkable book was published: After Man: A Zoology of the Future, by Dougal Dixon.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:35 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future
<![CDATA[The macabre world of mind-controlling parasites – Science & research news | Frontiers]]> https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/

The gruesome new field of neuro-parasitology could provide insights into the neurological basis for behavior and decision-making — By Conn Hastings Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit suicide.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:30 -0700 https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/
<![CDATA[What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?]]> https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun

My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watching an inchworm dangle from the top of a stalk of grass, twist about in every possible direction, and then leap to the next stalk and do the same thing.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:22 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun
<![CDATA[The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/

The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:11:16 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/
<![CDATA[New Species May Arise From Random Mutations | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-species-may-arise-from-random-mutations-20150505/

Honeycreepers, small birds inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands, have a rich assortment of beak shapes. Some species have long, thin beaks suited to plucking insects from leaves. Others possess thick beaks good for cracking open tough seeds.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:53 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-species-may-arise-from-random-mutations-20150505/