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November 22, 2016

From Our Archives: Turkey science – What’s on your plate?

Originally posted in 2015 by Bonnie Denmark. The 45 million turkeys that end up on the Thanksgiving table are nothing like their wild ancestors. In fact, they are very different from the typical Thanksgiving turkeys of...

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November 10, 2016

Image of the Week: Roosevelt and Muir at Yosemite

In this image from the United States Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir (right), founder of the Sierra Club, stand atop Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. In the background are...

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November 3, 2016

Image of the Week: Evelyn Tilden at Work (or Play)

The National Institute of Health captioned this photo, “Evelyn Butler Tilden poses with the one constant in her life—a microscope.” From her early work with Dr. Hideyo Noguchi in 1916 to her role as head of...

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October 27, 2016

Video of the Week: Not So Drowsy Grizzly

John J. Craighead, who, along with his twin brother Frank, was an early environmental advocate, passed away in September 2016. The Craighead brothers worked tirelessly to highlight the conditions of the nation’s natural areas. In fact, their...

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October 18, 2016

9th Imagine Science Film Festival

In a world where movies about scientific theory are as popular as those about aliens and sharks, the Imagine Science Films is bridging the divide between art and science via film. Well, maybe these films aren’t as...

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October 13, 2016

Sweet Science of Honey

Honey has been called a miracle food. In addition to its obvious taste bud appeal, honey keeps indefinitely. And what makes for a virtually eternal shelf life also potentially makes for good medicine. Honey has been...

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August 10, 2016

New techniques to resolve old speculations: Who’s really responsible for Piltdown Man?

When the topic of ethics comes up in science classes, many educators rely on a gold-standard example of one instance when “science” went very wrong: That of Charles Dawson and Piltdown Man. (We refer to it...

Do bees have regional accents? This is the question that Cardiff University researchers are setting out to answer, according to a July 15 press release. (Wikimedia Commons)

July 19, 2016

The buzz about nature vs. nurture in animal communication

Researchers at Cardiff University in Wales are buzzing about honeybee communication as they seek to discover if bees have regional accents. Bees have a repertoire of about 10 sounds that communicate different messages. Among these, their...

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July 13, 2016

Fish, robots, and math help scientists understand how early animals crawled onto land

A robot named MuddyBot and six tiny fish have helped American scientists figure out how the first tetrapod animals moved from oceans onto land about 360 million years ago. According to the study published this month...

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July 10, 2016

Gene drives: Application of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to combat insect-borne diseases

Lions and tigers and bears may be dangerous, but when it comes to killing humans the record goes to a much smaller animal. It’s the mosquito and it’s got public health officials pretty worried this summer...