E. Coli Is Your Oldest Friend

The Evolutionary Genius of This Shifty Bacteria Is Giving Scientists New Healing Superpowers

It’s hard to find a fan of E. coli—especially since last October, when 55 people in 11 states got sick after eating at Chipotle—but we can see a reflection of ourselves in these tiny sausage-shaped bacteria. Like us, E. coli is a tireless innovator—constantly refining more than 700 different strains—though it lives in your intestines, instead of Silicon Valley. While pathogenic E. coli can travel in many different foods—hamburger, sprouts, spinach, romaine lettuce, rotisserie chicken salad, Lebanon bologna, raw cookie dough—“good” E. coli is one of your oldest, most intimate …

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Human Life Was Partly Inevitable

What Fossils On Earth and the Rest of Universe Have To Say About One Another

“My goal in life is to provide evidence for the great transitions in evolution,” announced University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin, author of The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History …

Rocking Our World

The Universe Within

For every missing link scientists find, they joke that two more pop up to takes its place. Yet thanks to fossils found at the far ends of the Earth—as well …

You Are A Hypocrite

 

Here’s the exciting thing about brains: “The same idea in your head can be represented along with its contradiction.” At least that’s what fascinates Robert Kurzban, author of Why Everyone …