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Rethinking the roots of altruism

For decades, researchers working to understand how altruistic behavior evolved have relied on a concept known as inclusive fitness, which holds that organisms receive an evolutionary benefit—and are able ...

Jan 13, 2014 4.2 / 5 (10) 30 | with audio podcast

The arithmetic of gun control

Aiming to quell heated national debate about gun control with factual answers, two UC Irvine mathematicians have designed parameters to measure how to best prevent both one-on-one killings and mass shootings in the United ...

Jul 27, 2013 3.7 / 5 (20) 95 | with audio podcast

The reason we lose at games

If you have ever wondered why you never seem to win at skill-based games such as poker or chess, there might be a very good reason. Writing in PNAS, a University of Manchester physicist has discovered that some games are si ...

Jan 07, 2013 4 / 5 (12) 6 | with audio podcast