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Today’s Google Doodle features hominid evolution!

Here at BEACON, we’re of course excited to see today’s Google Doodle (archived here) celebrating Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis fossil discovered in 1973. However, BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead points out, “I usually love the Google doodles, but the one for today, acknowledging … Continue reading

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Misnomers and Mixed Intentions: Communicating Science is Hard

Reposted from the Teaching Evolution in Action blog By Chris Symons The route of information between the raw data of scientific experimentation to the public’s understanding is convoluted. The murky water of scientific communication is problematic at best, if anyone … Continue reading

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Passing of Prof. John Holland, father of genetic algorithms and pioneer in complex systems

August 10, 2015 Dear BEACONites, It is with great sadness that I report the death yesterday of Prof. John H. Holland, Professor of Psychology and of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. John, 86, succumbed to an … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Original Social Gaming

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane. I can trace the beginning of my fascination with social behavior to the summer I was ten. That summer, I started volunteering … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Can’t we all get along? Overcoming evolutionary conflict

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington postdoc Sylvie Estrela. Conflict is widespread in nature and that is no exception in the microbial world. Examples of competitive interactions between microbes include competition for shared … Continue reading

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