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Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

December 20, 2014

A Year in Review: Scientific Advancements of 2014

As we wrap-up another year, it seems appropriate to take some time to think about the scientific advancements made in the past twelve months. From landing on comets to discovering new species in the deepest parts...


December 17, 2014

Wolverines Give Insight into the Evolution of Greed

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.   Greed is often defined as the intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Although we usually associate this unseemly...

The rare western glacier stonefly lives in Glacier National Park and thrives in its icy streams. (Credit: Joe Griersch, USGS)

December 12, 2014

A cold-loving insect confronts a warming world

Today marks the end of two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, where world leaders gathered to address the growing threat of climate change. Much of the conversation at the UN conference revolved around the...


November 23, 2014

New Genes for Your Potatoes

Over the years, we’ve gone to great lengths to make fried potato foods healthier. Potato chip makers don’t fry them in animal shortening anymore, for example, and many companies have given up using vegetable shortening (made...


November 12, 2014

A smelly situation: Ginkgo biloba trees and the evolution of their dispersal

The fall foliage of a Ginkgo biloba tree ©Riosnestor In autumn, one of the prettiest trees to change colors, from a vivid green to a brilliant yellow, is the Ginkgo biloba.  Along with this beautiful golden...

Green anole

November 3, 2014

Florida Lizards Show that Evolutionary Change can be Rapid

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.     Green anole Small lizards called anoles are found throughout the Caribbean islands and nearby mainland areas. The coastal and swamp regions of...

The iridescent blue leaves of Selaginella. Courtesy of The Royal Society.

October 10, 2014

It’s not easy being blue (for plants)

Scientists have found tropical plants that perform “delayed greening,” a process of postponing the development of chlorophyll to protect young leaves from predators and potential UV damage. Interestingly, researchers have also found a few trees with blue...

Pandoras DNA

October 3, 2014

Pandora’s DNA: Unpacking Scientific Discovery in “Women’s” Medicine

Sometimes it is hard to remember that science is not infallible. That it is a practice conducted by human beings – human beings who have ideologies, who have biases, who are doing the best they can...


September 20, 2014

Modern Humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe for thousands of years

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.   In the extended family tree of the modern human species, our closest relatives are the Neanderthals, officially called Homo neanderthalensis. Although it...

Researcher with skeleton of Dreadnoughtus schrani

September 14, 2014

Meet Dreadnoughtus and Dendrogramma, New Species Great and Small

Last week, scientists announced two incredible discoveries of new species, one an enormous land animal and the other a tiny marine creature. Researcher Kenneth Lacovara with the skeleton of Dreadnoughtus schrani. Image: Kenneth Lacovara Measuring nearly...