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Cognition & Intelligence
The elephant as a person

Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood – we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding

Don Ross

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Evolution
Evolving street-smarts

Living among humans favours fearless problem-solvers interested in new things. That’s how city birds get smarter

Menno Schilthuizen

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Biology
Animal agents

Can they shape their own lives? Or the course of history? It’s time to reconsider the significance of animal agency

Amanda Rees

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Nature & Environment
Consider the rooster

The thugs of the barnyard, roosters were bred to fight and strut. Does our highly tamed world have room for them any more?

Amanda Giracca

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Evolution
Evolution unleashed

Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided?

Kevin Laland

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Biology
The minds of plants

From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us

Laura Ruggles

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Physics
Why trees don’t ungrow

The cliché that life transcends the laws of thermodynamics is completely wrong. The truth is almost exactly the opposite

Jeremy England

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Philosophy of Science
Life is not easily bounded

Working out where one hare ends and another begins is easy; a siphonophore, not so much. What is an individual in nature?

Derek J Skillings

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Evolution
Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox