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How generosity leads to evolutionary success

New insights into the classical game theory match-up known as the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” might help explain the presence of generosity in nature, an inclination that can sometimes seem counter to the Darwinian notion of survival of the fittest. Biologists have long been puzzled about why there is so much apparent cooperation, generosity, and altruism, in […]

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New technique for finding distant planets makes its first discovery

For the first time, astrophysicists from Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered an exoplanet using a new technique that relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity. Previously, the two most successful techniques for finding exoplanets were radial velocity (looking for wobbling stars – caused by an orbiting planet pulling on […]

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Folk-medicine herbal alkaloid synthesized

The moss Lycopodium serratum is a creeping, flowerless plant containing a potent brew of alkaloids that have attracted scientific interest thanks to their possible anti-cancer properties. However, analyzing the medicinal properties of these chemicals has been next to impossible as the plant makes them in extremely low amounts. But that’s no longer a problem for […]

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