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How species originate

DESPITE its name, Darwin’s masterful explanation of the mechanism of evolution did not truly tackle the question of how species originate. It showed how they adapt to their circumstances, which may lead to populations of the same species diverging in their characteristics. But how a species actually divides into two, Read more…

By Brian Poncelet, ago
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How the eggshell got its spots

Unscrambled eggs COLLECTING wild birds’ eggs is a hobby, once popular, that is frowned on today. In some countries, it is illegal. That, though, makes past collections the more valuable. And one of them, assembled by the splendidly named John Colebrook-Robjent and bequeathed by him, in 2008, to the Natural Read more…

By Brian Poncelet, ago
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The exploits of bug hunters

TO HELP shield their products from ransomware like the recent worldwide WannaCry attack, most big software-makers pay “bug bounties” to those who report vulnerabilities in their products that need to be patched. Payouts of up to $20,000 are common. Google’s bounties reach $200,000, says Billy Rios, a former member of Read more…

By Brian Poncelet, ago
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The exploits of bug hunters

TO HELP shield their products from ransomware like the recent worldwide WannaCry attack, most big software-makers pay “bug bounties” to those who report vulnerabilities in their products that need to be patched. Payouts of up to $20,000 are common. Google’s bounties reach $200,000, says Billy Rios, a former member of Read more…

By Brian Poncelet, ago