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Science Sunday: Vicious Virus Edition

Most disease-causing (pathogenic) organisms- such as bacteria- exhibit the characteristics of living things such as respiration, excretion, growth etc. This is why viruses are so awesome- reproduction is the only true characteristic of life which they exhibit. Alive or not, these nifty micro-organisms are super interesting, so read on to …

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Science Sunday: Female? Old? Thank Your Mitochondria!

So for those of you who don’t know, females in general live longer than males. This isn’t just a human phenomena either, in fact, the scientist’s best friend, the fruit fly, has helped us get a step closer to resolving the mystery I like to call: ‘Rise Of The Old …

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Science Sunday: Zombie (Ant) Apocalypse

Sometimes, fact is much, much stranger than fiction. In this case, nature has got most horror movie writers beat, no question. Because deep in the Thailand rainforest, mind-control fungi are creating an army of zombie bugs. And the infection is spreading, as spores erupt  from the hordes. If it was a …

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ScienceSunday: Dino Feathers

Last week, a news story broke with the headline: “All Dinosaurs May have had Feathers“. Gone is the world of scaly lizard-like creatures, roaming through the Mesozoic. Instead, giant fuzz-balls munched on ferns and bird-like creatures hunted the unsuspecting plant-eaters, filling the landscape with bits of color. What caused this …

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Science Sunday: Tsunamis

I have been spending the last 10 days in Japan (and yes, it’s awesome). So I thought that I would use that as a rather thin excuse to talk about tsunamis, because it’s an interesting phenomenon. A tsunami is a wave, or multiple waves, that are in many cases bigger …

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Science Sunday: The Reason for the Season

As I’m writing this it’s late evening, and I have been spending a few days at home. Funny thing is, even though I’m going to bed soon, the Sun isn’t setting. Actually, it won’t set for at least another month. During that time, it will circle the sky, dip a …

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Science Sunday: The Transit of Venus

Do you remember what you were doing eight years ago on June 8th, 2004?  No?  Neither do I, but on that early day in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, celestial bodies in our solar system were aligning.  The planet Venus’ orbit brought it directly between the Earth and the Sun and …

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Science Sunday: Battle Monkeys!

OK, so this post doesn’t really have anything to do with battle monkeys except in the loosest sense, as Hank Green from Crash Course explains in yet another kick-ass video explaining science concepts. The discussion in this video is about evolutionary development, including the basics of regulatory genes, hox genes, …

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