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Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

Nature abounds with instances of convergence: structures or adaptations that have evolved independently multiple times. But evolutionary biologists, most notably Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould, also point out examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change—a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze—caused evolution to take a different course. What role does each force play in […]


Spotlight: Union Press ushers in new book

“It’s never too early to start something.” This is one of the ideas behind Medford resident Miranda Aisling’s newest book, Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Aisling celebrated the book’s release with a party at Somerville’s Union Press on June 2. Aisling explained her sentiment, which goes against the traditional saying, “It’s never too late […]