Parrotlets save energy when foraging by jumping from perch to perch with a few wingbeats, a technique that might have predated true flight
Ancient tools scattered around a mastodon suggest that the earliest humans showed up in North American more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought. The post A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History appeared first on WIRED.
Moth master of disguise fools its own predator with spider-like wing pattern, jerky movements and posturing behaviour
Genome sequences found in a waste-water plant seem to question the possibility that giant viruses are a whole new domain of life – but not everyone is convinced
Gene drives, powered by Crispr, promise to wipe out mosquito-borne diseases. But first they'll have to beat nature at her own game: evolution. The post Creating Zika-Proof Mosquitoes Means Rigging Natural Selection appeared first on WIRED.
Examine evolution over the course of years or centuries, and you'll find that it progresses much more quickly than it does over geologic time. What gives? The post Evolution Is Slower Than It Looks and Faster Than You Think appeared first on WIRED.
The discovery that the Krebs cycle, which is essential for life, can occur in the absence of enzymes suggests that life’s origins were surprisingly humble
At least a dozen species of rove beetles have independently evolved almost identical disguises to dupe their army ant prey into accepting them as one of their own
It’s long been thought that living in a group leads to bigger brains – including in humans. But a surprising finding in woodpeckers shows this isn’t always the case
Handle is a biped with wheels instead of feet, essentially one-upping evolution. The post Boston Dynamics' New Rolling, Leaping Robot Is an Evolutionary Marvel appeared first on WIRED.