Most everyone understands the joy of instant gratification, especially in the form of cake. Our latest guest poster, Michael Akroush, explains how hyperbolic discounting and society's view on the evils of high-fructose corn syrup helps us give in to instant gratification.Read More
Kenny introduces Microbial Highlights, a new FTDM series exploring microbial diversity featuring unique artwork by Steffen Poltak. Notorious for ruining alcoholic beverages made from apples since Roman times, Zymomonas mobilis is now gaining momentum in the Biotch industry as an alternative to yeast for biofuel production. Read on to learn more about "cider sickness" and how may just be the solution biofuel needs.Read More
An international team led by researchers at Berkeley published the first detailed photos of ultra-small bacteria that push the boundaries of membrane-bound life and change our view of the microbial world. How did the researchers accomplish such a feat and just how small is ultra-small? Read on to learn more!Read More
The zebrafish has been getting a lot of attention over the last 20 years. What’s all the hype about? Why are so many people looking for answers from this little striped minnow? Find out in this article about why zebrafish are so awesome to study!Read More
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it. Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype?
This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.
Plants provide many things: shelter, food, and beauty. Some, however, are best enjoyed from a distance. This series exists to celebrate those plants who just don't seem to care much about what we think about them and choose to go about life in uniquely sadistic ways. Today, discover what happens when you cross a tree with a firebug.Read More
Plastic products are ubiquitous, and so are the chemicals used to make them! These products are neither safe for the environment nor us. Would you be surprised to know BPA-free products aren’t as innocuous as they are portrayed to be? Making small changes can minimize exposure to plastic chemicals and reduce your plastic footprint.Read More
An interesting relationship between an estuarine species of turtle and seagrasses. See how eelgrass uses terrapins to do some of the dispersal dirty work in February's mutualism of the month.Read More
A few years ago I would have been spending these snowy days in a couple of (minimally) heated greenhouses, surrounded by thousands of small growing plants. At the time, I was doing research on salad green production to see if it is feasible to do throughout a New England winter. The thing is, not all salad greens are actually green.Read More