18 Evolution News Articles from 2011
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11-14-11 Social gene spotted in 20 seconds, say researchers
Social gene spotted in 20 seconds, say researchers
It is well known that first impressions count, but they may also be enough to give insights into a person's genes.
11-1-11 Noam Chomsky
He argued that every intelligible sentence conforms not only to the rules of its particular language but to a universal grammar that encompasses all languages.
10-14-11 Don't believe everything you think
Don't believe everything you think
he human capacity for self-deception knows no bounds, but why do we do it? According to biologist Robert Trivers the simple answer is that it helps us have more children. He told Graham Lawton about the evolutionary benefits of lying
10-12-11 Pill helps women pick faithful mates, not sexy ones
Pill helps women pick faithful mates, not sexy ones
Women who are on the pill when they pick a mate end up with longer-lasting relationships than those who are not. The downside? Less satisfaction in the sack, apparently.
10-10-11 Language 50,000 BC: Our ancestors like Yoda spoke
Language 50,000 BC: Our ancestors like Yoda spoke
What form did the first human language take? According to some linguists, all known languages descend from a proto-language, perhaps dating back to the first behaviourally modern humans 50,000 years ago. But little else is known about how our ancestors spoke
10-10-11 UK doctors advised gonorrhea has turned drug resistant
UK doctors advised gonorrhea has turned drug resistant
UK doctors are being told the antibiotic normally used to treat gonorrhea is no longer effective because the sexually transmitted disease is now largely resistant to it.
10-9-11 Brain 'rejects negative thoughts'
Brain 'rejects negative thoughts'
One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers.
10-8-11 Willpower may be a lifelong trait
Willpower may be a lifelong trait
Tots' capacity to postpone grtification lasts decades
9-27-11 How ants build nest-ventilating turrets
How ants build nest-ventilating turrets
Grass-cutting ants build gigantic nests - underground cities where up to seven million insects live and tend a fungal garden that feeds their young.
9-23-11 New species of genuflecting plant buries its own seeds
New species of genuflecting plant buries its own seeds
A new plant that "bends down" to deposit its seeds has been discovered in the Atlantic forest in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil.
9-17-11 Exquisite sense
The article discusses research on smell, examining why humans are frequently unaware of scent as well as studies on the effect of smells on mood, choices, and behavior.
7-19-11 Kiki or bouba? In search of language's missing link
Kiki or bouba? In search of language's missing link
Nearly 100 years of linguistics research has been based on the assumption that words are just collections of sounds - an agreed acoustic representation that has little to do with their actual meaning.
7-16-11 Who are you calling simple?
Who are you calling simple?
Simple cells like bacteria are supposed to be, well, simple.
7-2-11 Instant Expert: Intelligence
Instant Expert: Intelligence
Few topics have been as controversial as the study of intelligence. In our latest expert guide, Linda Gottfredson goes inside the mechanics of brainpower.
5-28-11 The Optimism Bias
The Optimism Bias
We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures. We watch our backs, weigh the odds, pack an umbrella. But both neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic. On average, we expect things to turn out better than they wind up being.
3-24-11 Quantum physics explanation for smell gains traction
Quantum physics explanation for smell gains traction
The theory that our sense of smell has its basis in quantum physics events is gaining traction, say researchers.
3-1-11 Taming the Wild
Taming the Wild
Only a handful of wild animal species have been successfully bred to get along with humans. The reason, scientists say, is found in their genes.
2-9-11 Baby, I'm your natural selection
Baby, I'm your natural selection
Looking for love? Sharpen up your game with a little evolutionary cunning. New Scientist plays Cupid to test the rules of attraction.
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