Bacteria could learn to predict the future
Using computer simulations and a simple theoretical model, physicist Mikhail Tikhonov in Arts & Sciences showed how bacteria could adapt to a fluctuating environment by learning its statistical regularities — for example, which nutrients tend to be correlated — and do so faster than evolutionary trial-and-error would normally allow.
Celebrating WashU Athletics’ return to full competition
For the first time since the pandemic began, in spring of 2020, all of Washington University’s varsity athletic teams are returning to competition. In this video, we celebrate all of our scholar-champions as they prepare to start the 2021-22 season.