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When It Comes to Extinction Risk, Body Size Matters

Models for extinction risk are necessarily simple. Most reduce complex ecological systems to a linear relationship between resource density and population growth—something that can be broadly applied to infer how much resource loss a species can...
9-Feb-2018 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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How Living Systems Compute Solutions to Problems

No individual fish or bee or neuron has enough information by itself to solve a complex problem, but together they can accomplish amazing things. In research recently published in Science Advances, Eleanor Brush (University of Maryland), David...
16-Jan-2018 9:10 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Paradoxes in Microbial Economies

In a new paper in Nature Communications, three Santa Fe Institute researchers describe a trio of paradoxical dynamics that can arise in simple microbial economies. The work could be important for approaching engineered microbial communities and...
8-Nov-2017 5:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Morbidity and Mortality of Leprosy in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, did contracting leprosy necessarily increase a person's chances of dying? Yes, says a new paper. But it's complicated.
3-Oct-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species’ spread.
19-Sep-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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How Monkey Fights Grow

New research finds evidence for a complicated structure behind primate conflict. It is not individuals who control the length of fights, but the relationships between pairs of individuals.
6-Sep-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Birds Choose Mates with Ornamental Traits

A recurring theme in nature documentaries is that of choosy females selecting brightly colored males. A new study shows that, in monogamous mating systems, male birds may select their lifelong mates in much the same way.
5-Sep-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Can a Zika Outbreak Be Sustained Sexually? It’s Complicated

Unlike other mosquito-borne outbreaks, Zika doubles as a sexually transmitted infection, with men retaining the virus 10 times longer in their semen than women do in their vaginal fluids. According to research initiated at the Santa Fe Institute,...
7-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


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