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July 4, 2016

New Visionlearning Design Launched

We’re excited to announce the launch of a redesigned Visionlearning site. It has a fresh look, but with the same excellent content for teaching and learning science. One new feature you’ll see on the site are...

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July 3, 2016

CRISPR craze: Applications of genome editing

CRISPR-Cas9 genetic editing is in the news a lot, especially in connection with concerns that it will usher in an era of designer babies. The capability for editing the genome of human embryos for non-medical purposes...


June 27, 2016

New insights into a tiny mite’s appetite may help scientists protect honeybees

For the tiny Varroa mite, a honeybee colony is like a buffet with all your favorite foods. There are tender pupae, newly-emerged adults, middle-aged nurse bees, and grizzled, three-week-old foragers. With all those options, which bee’s...

Wildlife overpasses in Banff National Park in Canada help animals cross highways safely. (Credit: WikiPedant via Wikimedia Commons)

June 20, 2016

Natural corridors may help species adapt to climate change

Imagine you’re sitting around a fire and someone throws on another log. It bursts into flames and soon, your seat gets too hot for your liking. What do you do? You move, right? That’s exactly what...


June 12, 2016

Searching for Life on Other Worlds: Overview of Missions

Astrobiology is a cherished topic in the science news. Many people love considering questions of what extraterrestrial life might be like, what it might have in common with Earth life, and how it might be different....

Adult male red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens), a subspecies of the Eastern newt, a common salamander of eastern North America, one of the species identified as vulnerable to Bsal. (Wikimedia Commons)

June 10, 2016

Protecting Salamander Biodiversity through Citizen Science

Amphibian populations around the world have significantly declined and are facing an extinction crisis. One culprit is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, a fungus that has caused amphibian die-offs by the thousands in the Americas, Europe, Africa,...


June 5, 2016

Rethinking the value of the P

In scientific disciplines, researchers tend to view the world through what’s referred to as “an objectivist” lens, seeing “social phenomena and their meanings [as having] an existence that is independent of social actors” (Bryman, 2004). As...

Micrometeorites extracted from ancient rocks in Australia contain minerals that suggest oxygen was present in the upper atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. (Credit: Andrew Tomkins)

May 16, 2016

New Insights into Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere

Although it’s hard to imagine, Earth didn’t always have the oxygen-rich atmosphere we breathe today. In fact, until about two and a half billion years ago, the air contained almost no oxygen gas at all. You...

A female luna moth. (Credit: Kugamazog, Wikimedia Commons)

May 9, 2016

How moths trick bats with their own sonar

If you’re a big, delicious insect like the luna moth, how can you escape a predator like the big brown bat? You can’t outfly bats. Your beautiful, light-green wings span up to 4.5 inches, but they...


May 2, 2016

Europa and Enceladus: Searching for Life on Icy Moons

We hear a lot about the prospect of microorganisms existing on Mars and probes of increasing complexity that will be going there in the years to come, but the life search will also examine the outer...