Bacterial cells outnumber your own humans cells ten to one. Thanks to advances in sequencing technology reducing costs, you can finally get to know these silent co-inhabitants. In the first installment of the let's experiment series, Kenny lays out his experiment to get to know his microbiota and examine how his inhabitants respond to a drastic change in diet and probiotic use.Read More
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What do we have in common? A desire to bring science in easily digestible and understandable pieces for those who are interested.
"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring."
We're all familiar with that nursery rhyme. And maybe you do sleep with it rains. Or maybe you're moody when it's it's gloomy outside. You can also be relaxed when you hear the rain tap on your window.
Learn about how rain can affect our activity and lives so you can be prepared the next time you have an outdoor event (and be savvy about it).Read More
You may notice many of your friends dumping ice waters on their heads. What are these impromptu showers all about and what is ALS? Kenny Flynn explains his experience with the ALS ice bucket challenge while explaining what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is and explains some of the cutting edge research currently taking place to create a world without ALS.Read More
In the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, there pulsates a transparent creature with a glowing red core. The ruby red is reminiscent of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, the source of the elixir of life. This only comes to mind because this particular jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly T. nutricula) has the ability to shrivel into a ball when it is injured, and then revert to its juvenile form, maturing into an adult all over again.Read More
Bacteria and viruses are frequently thought of as parasites; a problem to society. Not all are harmful and some of them are even helpful. See how a bacteria and virus pair help save aphids from imminent danger in this month's mutualism!Read More
We talk about the “tree of life” when discussing evolution, but what does that mean, really? How did this “tree” grow, and how did we figure out how all the branches are connected to one another? Take a brief look into the world of phylogenetics and cladistics to find out!Read More
Biological questions truly may be inspired by all sorts of things. How did a 1989 Nintendo video game lead me to question the respiratory capacity of turtles?
Take a deep breath as we dive into a little anatomy and biochemistry to understand these underwater heroes in a half shell. I guarantee that the next time you go for a swim, you’ll be more concerned with dishing out some reptilian butt biology than how yours looks in that bathing suit.Read More
This is a story of success and failure. It is a story where a good thing becomes and bad thing and back again, maybe. This is the story of the tamarisk bush and its spread through the American southwest.Read More
Marine animals don’t need the sun for illumination – they light up their own lives. The pyrotechnics in the dark depths (and the more accessible shallows) of the oceans are a curious marvel; but what causes them? And how?Read More