Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites

Competition and predators may not make species adapt, after all

Competition between species and predation aren't the drivers behind adaptation that scientists might've thought, new research indicates.

McGill University
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution predators

Are big tech monopolies ruining American capitalism?

Listen to this podcast to hear an economist explain how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon are threatening capitalism.

U. Chicago
Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: featured society-and-culture business competition economics facebook google united-states

Trash talk from a robot dings human performance

Even mild trash talk from a robot is enough to throw people off their game, research finds. It's a test of how people react when robots aren't cooperative.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon
Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology communication competition robots

What makes older people stick with fitness trackers?

Activity trackers can be a great motivator for older folks moving, but connection, rather than competition, is key for them to stick with it.

Kristen Parker-Michigan State
Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine competition exercise older-adults wearable-devices

New ecology theory describes ‘frenemy’ networks

"There's mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators."

Andy Fell-UC Davis
Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity competition ecosystems predators

Buzz about opponents throws us off our game

Lots of hype about your opponent, and their "status momentum," can affect how well you compete, research finds. Here's how to approach the mental game.

Samiha Khanna-Duke
Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology competition sports

Sorry, Darwin, but bacteria don’t compete to survive

Bacteria buck Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" and instead work together to lift up the weakest in their group to boost survival.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen
Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria biofilms charles-darwin competition cooperation

To boost your daily steps, add a little competition

Want to boost your daily step count? A little competition may do more to achieve your goal than support or collaboration.

Frank Otto-Penn
Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine competition exercise motivation walking wearable-devices

Charter schools don’t always push publics to improve

Charter schools don't necessarily spark improvements in the larger district or system, research suggests.

Peter Iglinski-Rochester
Aug. 12, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: society-and-culture competition education

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