Ferocity at its Finest

Ferocity at its Finest

The Tsavo River. Running east from the border between Tanzania and Kenya, its waters are teeming with life surrounded by vast grasslands. This serene habitat holds a terror-filled story within its natural history; one which combines human intervention, habitat ecology, animal behavior, and the taste of human flesh. Dig in. 

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Strange Sea Creatures: the Cephalopods

Strange Sea Creatures: the Cephalopods

Horizontal pupils slit the bulbous eyes swivelling in a large alien head, floating above a bizarre tangle of arms rippling with color. Some species glow, others can kill you with a poison they don’t even make, but how much do you know about the basic morphology of these charismatic creatures?  

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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Fungal taxonomy may not be the world's most exciting subject, but those whom it does interest approach it with a passion. Over centuries of identification, classification, intense debate, and re-classification, even the most obscure fungi can end up with colorful histories that raise important philosophical questions about how we deal with the problem of naming things. Take a journey into the past with a shelf fungus called Ganoderma applanatum and see biology evolve from a gentleman's hobby into a complex science.

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Molecule of the Month: Anthocyanins

Molecule of the Month: Anthocyanins

Those of us living in temperate climates are all too familiar with the change of the seasons, but how much do we know about the biochemical changes that result in this vivid change in scenery? This FTDM post describes one of many molecules involved in leaf color composition: anthocyanins.

Photo credit: How Stuff Works

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Following the motion of the ocean

Following the motion of the ocean

For those of us who live near the ocean or a large body of water, we follow the motion of the ocean; we plan our fishing trips around it, we SCUBA dive in, and we also predict on how devastating a potential coastal flooding could be. Governed by the sun, moon, and earth's rotation, natural forces like tides affect not only how us humans plan, but also how marine animals live. Learn about these natural forces and how it sets life by (and in) the ocean to a rhythm and in motion. 

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How to Travel Through Time With DNA

How to Travel Through Time With DNA

An organism's genome is much more than a blueprint for its development. All along the double helix lie remnants of its ancestors, the half-buried and weather-scarred bricks of the evolutionary road its lineage traveled. In this post, learn how genes from modern fungi were used to determine the origin of the white rot group, which was responsible for solving an ancient environmental crisis.

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