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Here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this week

How we’re spending our leisure time. Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you’re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it’s important to relax. A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what’s caught our attention recently! Ara Wagoner Oooh boy, let’s get started. What have I been watching? The VICE News piece on Charlottesville, the…

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[Perspective] Watching speciation in action

Charles Darwin closed his first edition of On the Origin of Species with the poetic words: “There is grandeur in this view of life,…whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” (1). Today, scientists are using genetics to understand how species multiply, and ecological and behavioral knowledge to understand why they do so. However, many questions remain about the sources of genetic variation and how new…

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