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We Have Already Entered The Sixth And Final Era Of Our Universe

Ethan Siegel Forbes
We cannot be certain, despite what many have contended, that the Universe began from a singularity. We can, however, break the illustration you see into the different eras based on properties the Universe had at those particular times.

Friday Nite Videos | June 28, 2019

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The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts. Prophets Of Rage | Made With Hate. The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses. AOC, Tiffany Cabán and the Struggle for a People's DA in Queens. These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US.

The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses and Other Cephalopods

Octopus, squid and cuttlefish have strange, massive, distributed brains. What do they do with all that neural power? Dive into the ocean with marine biologist Roger Hanlon, who shares astonishing footage of the camouflaging abilities of cephalopods, which can change their skin color and texture in a flash. Learn how their smart skin, and their ability to deploy it in sophisticated ways, could be evidence of an alternative form of intelligence -- and how it could lead to breakthroughs in AI, fabrics, cosmetics and beyond.

Dogs Have Eyes Just for Us. Literally.

Haley Weiss The Atlantic
In a remarkably short period of time, dogs have evolved specialized eye muscles that allow them to display their emotions to their human friends

Rethinking the Corny History of Maize

Brigit Katz Smithsonian Magazine
A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world’s most vital crops from Mexico to South America

The Revolution That Rewrote Life's History

David Quammen The Atlantic
Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level is the movement of genes across species lines - HGT. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important.
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