We brush it, scratch it, and cut it every day. We use it for warm clothing and protection, but how much do we know about it? What is "it"? It's a protein known as keratin. Take a peek at this helpful infographic to learn more!Read More
We are a collection of researchers working in a wide variety of fields including microbiology, ecology, agriculture, dairy science, marine biology, and the philosophy of science.
What do we have in common? A desire to bring science in easily digestible and understandable pieces for those who are interested.
Mushrooms - whether lurking mysteriously in the forest or adding that extra layer of deliciousness to your pizza - are part of a long and fascinating branch on the evolutionary tree. Take a brief trip to the fifth kingdom with this infographic!Read More
When was the last time you ate sushi? Fish and chips? Clam chowder? Fish tacos? Fish is delicious, and we know it. Maybe we've eaten too much though: more than global warming and ocean acidification, overfishing is the biggest problem faced by our oceans today. How much fish can we eat without adversely affecting the ocean? How much have we already taken? Read on to learn more about overfishing: what it is, the economics behind it, its consequences and how you, as an individual, can help fix it!Read More
With an ocean as expansive as it is unexplored, there are bound to still be a few surprises left. Enter the coelacanth, a highly unusual fish of great evolutionary importance that was presumed extinct for 66 million...until a living specimen was hauled up in a fishing net in 1938. This is the story of a very weird fish with an impressive knack for beating the evolutionary odds.Read More
Life is truly one big experiment. Take, for example, the devastating 2011 Japanese tsunami. It is an unprecedented event which is allowing invasion ecologists to study a phenomenon that is not very well understood and rarely observed. Rafting is the process whereby organisms float from one place to another on an object over a body of water; to many organisms, Japanese tsunami debris is nothing more than 1.5 million tons of rafting material.Read More
The story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot is pretty well known around the internet. Although his plan was foiled, it makes a great hook for our latest topic. Explosives! As we remember the fifth of November, let's take a moment to learn what actually goes on when things explode.Read More
Gluten is a protein in wheat that's become associated with malnutrition, weight gain, and fatigue. But is there a kernel of truth to these claims? Learn about what gluten it is, why it causes problems, and whether or not there is cause for concern.Read More