Cheating favors extinction…scientific proof of the obvious

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Sacharomyces cerevisiae cells in DIC microscopy. Image: Wikipedia.

This was the case when the environment was benign. But when those stable populations were suddenly exposed to a harsh environment, all of the pure co-operator populations survived, while just one of six mixed populations adapted to the fast deterioration in conditions, the researchers found.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-favors-extinction.html#jCp
Proving once more that scum proliferate in the good times and cause catastrophic collapse when the good times end…so it is with yeast so it was with Rome….

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Not sure this is a ‘happy’ ending but it’s interesting.

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Image: Don DeBold/Flickr

Apparently cliff swallows are selecting for car avoidance, at Wired.com. It would be good if squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons would either get quicker or smarter as well.