Tag Archives: biology

How much do our genes restrict free will?

Hannah Critchlow, University of Cambridge Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives? This article is part of The Conversation’s series on the science of free will. Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, …

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Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on

Working together to figure out where to eat. Cheyenne Montgomery/Moment via Getty Images

Working together to figure out where to eat. Cheyenne Montgomery/Moment via Getty Images Chelsea Cook, Marquette University When you try to pick a restaurant with a group of friends, how do you decide? Your curious friend wants to try the new place, while your focused friend wants to go to the old faithful. One friend is insistent, while the other …

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Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in Illinois

Thanks to unintentional reintroductions and adaptive strategies that enable it to survive the state's harsh winters, the Asian tiger mosquito is becoming more abundant in Illinois.

Photo by James Gathany/CDC NEWS RELEASE 4-JUN-2020 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, NEWS BUREAU Researchers report that the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has become more abundant across Illinois in the past three decades. Its spread is problematic, as the mosquito can transmit diseases – like chikungunya or dengue fever – to humans. The Asian tiger mosquito originated in the …

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