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January 18, 2018

 

A pea plant (Pisum sativum).

Modern Biology in a Monastery Garden

Gregor Mendel built the foundation for our understanding of genetics.

November 24, 2016

 

Peacocks are great examples of Fischer's Runaway Model which explains how over many generations, certain aspects like longer wings on birds is more attractive, yet less useful for actually flying.

Runaway Tail!

One common misconception people have regarding evolution is that the gradual changing of physical forms always benefits the species in question.

October 14, 2016

 

Could humans ever evolve away from five-fingered hands?

The Future in the Palm of Your Hand

What does the crystal ball reveal for human evolutionary future? Is it six-fingered hands for everyone?

August 2, 2016

 

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Living Past 100

Wouldn't you like to live past 100 years old? Science has helped improve our lifespan over the last century, but what about the future?

December 24, 2014

 

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The Genetics of the Hangover

Alcoholism runs in families. So does hangover tolerance.

April 16, 2014

 

It turns out humans aren't the only lifeforms on this planet that love caffeine.

Scientists Create Coffee-Chomping Bacteria

Though you may think you love caffeine, you're no match for this custom-built E. coli strain.

November 28, 2013

 

Modern corn consists mostly of empty calories.

Sweet Corn’s Not-So-Sweet Rewards

The history of corn is marked by an increase in sweet flavor and a decrease in nutrition.

November 5, 2013

 

The evolution of the human brain is sewn with mystery and mutation.

Genetic Error and the Big Brain Theory

Scientists believe human brain development is the result of genetic mutations that occurred millions of years ago.

June 24, 2013

 

People with absolute pitch (also called perfect pitch) can recognize anything with a pitch and recall any note from memory without a reference.

The Mystery Of Absolute Pitch

What does it mean to have "perfect pitch," and what factors determine whether or not someone has it?

January 18, 2013

 

How do you feel about cilantro?

Cilantro: Love It Or Hate It?

According to scientists working at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the smell of cilantro usually produces a "love it" or "hate it" response.

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