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An invasive ladybug uses a biological weapon to kill off competitors

When the Europeans discovered the "New World", they infamously brought with them diseases which that world had never before encountered. Infectious agents like smallpox, typhus and cholera were generously shared with the local population - often deliberately so - and were responsible for significantly decimating the natives' numbers...

May 17, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Treebeard Joins the NRA

[Treebeard addresses the other Ents assembled in the forest]: "We come from that line of Ents who broke from Sauron to live their own lives as free trees.

May 17, 2013 — Kyle Hill

Treebeard Joins the NRA

[Treebeard addresses the other Ents assembled in the forest]: "We come from that line of Ents who broke from Sauron to live their own lives as free trees...

May 17, 2013 — Kyle Hill

Bush-crow diaries: Settling in with the Borana

As time goes on and as I had expected might be the case, the Bush-crows continue to surprise and perplex me both in their character and peculiarity. This is hardly surprising, however, considering the historic and still very current confusions surrounding the species...

May 17, 2013 — Samuel Jones

Is It Quantum Computing or Not?

This week I had a fascinating discussion on BBC Radio 4 with Dr Geordie Rose, the CTO of DWave, triggered by the news that NASA and Google are investing in DWave’s “quantum computer”.

May 17, 2013 — Alan Woodward

What Rational Really Means

The word rational is widely misused. Scientists often apply it unnaturally, in ways that conflict with our biology. Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman and Gary Becker, and their respective schools of thought, are on opposite sides of this breach with our nature...

May 17, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

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