Tag Archives: Digital Evolution

Getting Mixed Signals: Exploring the Evolution of Disjunctive Signaling Games

This post is written by Peter Fetros, an undergraduate computer science research assistant at UI working with James Foster and Bert Baumgaertner Signals are all around us. Most organisms use signals in order to communicate with one another. They might use them to tell … Continue reading

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You Say “Cow” and I Hear “Milk” – The Joy of Interdisciplinary Work

This post is by MSU faculty Arend Hintze While I was listening to the many interesting talks of this year’s BEACON congress (2016), I was pondering about the journey that we took together to get here. Fortunately, I was around … Continue reading

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BEACON now funds video games?

This is a repost from Terry Soule (Computer Science, UI) and Barrie Robison (Biological Sciences, UI) Also visit Telliamed Revisited (Richard Lenski’s blog) for another write-up.  Hello BEACONites, Thanks to BEACON’s support Polymorphic Games has created the evolutionary video game Darwin’s Demons, and placed it … Continue reading

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2nd Active LENS Workshop: June 2016

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser  The 2nd annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop will be held at Michigan State University June 9-11, 2016 in East Lansing, MI. The purpose of this workshop is to train instructors in the use … Continue reading

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Studying the Evolution of Division of Labor with Digital Organisms

This post is by MSU Postdoc Heather Goldsby. Why do you have different types of cells in your body? Why do honeybees perform different roles, including forager, undertaker, nurse, and queen? Why do factory workers perform jobs as specific as … Continue reading

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Avida-ED for classroom research

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser. Reposted from the DevoLab blog. Laboratory components are often integral parts of both K-12 and college science courses. I certainly had a lot over the course of my science education; 5 courses … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Coach, Put me on the bench! A Novice’s Journey into Old-Fashioned Experimental Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog is by MSU graduate student Jay Bundy. As a kid I played a lot of basketball. I loved almost everything about the game. But there was one thing I hated: spending time riding … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Spatial dynamics of evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Emily Dolson. All biological organisms must occupy a single location in physical space. This idea is so obvious that most people don’t give it much thought, but … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Evolution of Gene Distribution in Bacteria

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Nathan Ward. One of the strengths of BEACON is its focus on interdisciplinary research. Through gathering together scientists and educators from different backgrounds, BEACON can address problems … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution with video games

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Leigh Sheneman. Most all of us remember sitting around thinking up wild possibilities of what our future would hold. For me, this daydreaming took place in the … Continue reading

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