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Editors' Picks

Adaptive divergence for rapid adversarial optimization
Charles Elkan –– Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are an exciting development in machine learning, but it is hard to make them work in practice, and they can require a lot of training data. This research is a significant step towards making GANs more usable.
A low caffeine dose improves maximal strength, but not relative muscular endurance in either heavier-or lighter-loads, or perceptions of effort or discomfort at task failure in females
Amador García-Ramos –– This article is important because it examined the effects of caffeine on a number of variables in a sample of women which is more rarely examined in the scientific literature.
Molecular clocks, biogeography and species diversity in Herichthys with evaluation of the role of Punta del Morro as a vicariant brake along the Mexican Transition Zone in the context of local and global time frame of cichlid diversification
Tomas Hrbek –– A very thorough and well carried out biogeographic analysis of Middle American cichlids that challenges a standing biogeographical paradigm.
A new species of Cenopalpus Pritchard & Baker (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) from Japan, with ontogeny of chaetotaxy and a key to the world species
Patricia Gandini –– A New species description
Transcriptome for the breast muscle of Jinghai yellow chicken at early growth stages
Mohammed Gagaoua –– The first study that investigated the transcriptome for the breast muscle of Jinghai yellow chicken at early growth stages
Agility-based exercise training compared to traditional strength and balance training in older adults: a pilot randomized trial
Justin Keogh –– Agility training has not normally been implemented with older adults, and these results appear promising for its potential for improving health and wellness in this age group.
Monitoring the influx of new species through citizen science: the first introduced ant in Denmark
Dezene Huber –– Invasive species are a major issue in our changing world. They affect other organisms, ecosystems (and ecosystem services), and economies. This paper will add to our understanding of an invasive ant.
Farming system shapes traits and composition of spider assemblages in Mediterranean cherry orchards
Rodolfo Jaffé –– The paper addresses taxonomical, behavioral, and morphological responses of spider communities to farming systems and topographic features.
The impact of leopards (Panthera pardus) on livestock losses and human injuries in a human-use landscape in Maharashtra, India
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– An excellent paper that documents the complex relationships between people, carnivores, and livestock.
Dental characters used in phylogenetic analyses of mammals show higher rates of evolution, but not reduced independence
Mark Young –– This is an interesting paper looking into whether specific 'types' of morphological characters are more reliable than others, in particular dental characters used in mammalian systematics. This kind of question is of interest across fields using morphology-based phylogenetic analyses.
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