Evolution

Cryptotora Thamicola: Blind Fish Walks The Way Land Vertebrates Do

Researchers have identified unique anatomical features in a species of blind, walking cavefish in Thailand that enable the fish to walk and climb waterfalls in a manner comparable to tetrapods, or four-footed mammals and amphibians. The discovery of this ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 25 2016 - 7:11am

Nature's Genetic Modification? Wheat Evolution From The Wild To Our Spaghetti Dish

While wheat has been much maligned recently for it's gluten content, and new suspicions casted about as to its nutritional value, scientists have been eager to trace the evolutionary history of wheat to better understand the pasta wheat currently ava ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2016 - 9:58am

TREEs: Genetic Elements That Drive Regeneration Uncovered

If you trace our evolutionary tree way back to its roots, before the shedding of gills or the development of opposable thumbs, you will likely find a common ancestor with the amazing ability to regenerate lost body parts. Descendants of this creature, inc ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2016 - 3:15pm

Some Frogs Are Adapting To Deadly B. Dendrobatridis Pathogen

The fungal pathogen Batrachochrytrium dendrobatridis (Bd), which has been known to cause the disease chytridiomycosis and decimate frog populations for close to half a century, is causing frogs to evolve around it, according to a new study which took a st ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 13 2016 - 4:06pm

Race And Racism 101 Lecture 1 Intro & Terminology

1) Motivation (insufficient justification): Throughout the world, there is a ‘new enlightenment.’ Maintaining certain illusions has become so demanding and frustrating that increasingly people simply go for the plain truth because whatever else they say w ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Jul 28 2016 - 12:00am

Why A Skull May Not Tell Us If An Ancient Human Walked Upright

Inside Science-- How can you tell how a creature walked when all that you have is the head? For many years, scientists looked to the foramen magnum – the large hole at the base of the skull where the brain connects to the spine – to find out. They believe ...

Article - Inside Science - Apr 20 2016 - 9:28am

Life's Timekeeper: A Biochemical Oscillator Suggestion For Animal Evolution

Some new speculation on animal (metazoan) evolution, suggesting that it was partly mediated through a biochemical oscillator (cycler), named Life's Timekeeper, present in all animal cells. The cycler controls cell maintenance and repair, thereby dete ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 25 2016 - 4:14pm

Pregnancy Reenvisioned As A Conflict-Driven Battle Between Mother And Child

Pregnancy sounds like the ultimate form of animal cooperation – mothers share their own bodies to grow and support their children’s prenatal development. But in reality, embryos use every trick in the book to take more than their fair share. Mothers, in t ...

Article - The Conversation - May 6 2016 - 6:30am

Dromedary: Genetic History Of The Ship Of The Desert Revealed

A study of the ancient and modern DNA of the single humped camel or dromedary has shed new light on how its use by human societies has shaped its genetic diversity. Long-distance and back-and-forth movements in ancient camel caravan routes were important ...

Article - News Staff - May 16 2016 - 7:47am

Why Life Can't Happen Without Water- Folding

We know water is essential to life as we know it, but why?  A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides strongest evidence that proteins--the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactio ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 21 2016 - 5:43am