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April 30, 2010

Vote for Your Favorite Microbe

Joseph Heintz, University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin legislators voted this month to pay tribute to Lactococcus lactis by making it the official Wisconsin State Microbe. Why Lactococcus and not, say, Bacillus or Saccharomyces? Because good old...

April 28, 2010

When the Valve Doesn’t Work and the Boom’s Not Enough

“Oil spill” — it’s a dirty noun, and with good reason. For many of us who have been around for more than a few decades, it even triggers some residual trauma. Who can forget the images...

April 26, 2010

Using Skype in the Classroom

One of the benefits of incorporating new technology into the classroom is that it allows the teacher and students access to things they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. In today’s post, we’d like to highlight the...

April 23, 2010

E. O. Wilson Takes to Writing Fiction

E. O. Wilson, renowned biologist and one of (if not THE) foremost experts on ant biology and ecology has put pen to paper once again. Only this time, it’s to appeal to fiction readers who might...

April 22, 2010

40 Years On — How Proud Would Rachel Carson Be?

Forty years ago today, Senator Gaylord Nelson held the first environmental teach-in we know as Earth Day. Partly in response to the growing eco-activism of the 1950s and ’60s, and the overwhelming evidence presented to the...

April 16, 2010

News for Sushi Lovers Everywhere

During the First World War, Dr. Frederick Griffith, a young British medical officer, made an important discovery: the phenomenon known as “transformation.” The transfer of DNA from one organism to another — in Griffith’s case, strains...

April 14, 2010

More Than One Way to Run a Solar System

For years, science class has taught us that planets are formed when a vast cloud of cold gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star is compressed. Using the mass’s original momentum and gravitational force, these...

April 12, 2010

Lightning Myth is Proven Reality

If you have ever lived in rural farming areas, especially where large quantities of corn are grown, you’ve likely heard the old farmer’s myth that lightning storms will make the corn grow. One layman’s theory suggests...

April 9, 2010

Science Pick of the Week? You Decide.

It’s been a very exciting week in the realm of scientific discovery. On Wednesday, the journal Biology Letters announced the discovery of a new species of monitor lizard in the Philippines. (See Wednesday’s blog entry below.)...

April 7, 2010

New Species Found in Phillipines

In the last century, advancements in technology and science have allowed for a thorough exploration of our planet and the rapid sharing of information. So, it is a peculiar condition of our modern times that many...