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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How can we "see" the seafloor beneath the ocean waves?

How can we "see" the seafloor beneath the ocean waves?

Marine natural resources professionals are often tasked with managing a part of the world that we know so little about that we don't even have good maps of it - for example, can we put a wind farm at a specific location or is there important fish habitat located there? Find out how scientists are using state-of-the-art sonar technologies to map the ocean floor and the important habitats located there.

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Drift Away

Drift Away

Imagine you’re walking along the banks of a river in Maine, listening to the twittering of birds and marveling at the beautiful view across the meadows of marsh grass to the sparkling water.  Something catches your eye.  It’s bright!  As you walk closer to investigate, it starts to take on a familiar shape, but… it can’t be…

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Waste Not, Want Not.

Waste Not, Want Not.

Those of you who have worked in a lab have first-hand experience in how much of what we use ends up being thrown away.  If we take some time to hammer out the details, perhaps utilize a little science, what is the percentage of material we can recycle and even re-use?

If you've never worked in a lab, all the more reason to take a read and take a glimpse!

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Improvising field gear

Improvising field gear

When I was a kid, my idea of science involved lots of glassware, and high-voltage electricity. I had no idea what any of it was supposed to do, but it looked really cool (let’s be honest, it still looks cool). If you look at popular TV shows (CSI, Bones, etc.), you might get the idea that science is all PCR and GC-MassSpec. Some scientific disciplines do use fabulously high tech (and expensive) equipment. Then there's field biology.

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