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The Fault in Our Epigenome: The science behind aging

From the Yoruba tradition of throwing cowrie shells, to the Roma fortune tellers peering at palms, people throughout history have wondered if...

Environment

In defense of trees and those who cut them

Trees have received a lot of press lately. As wildfires tore through forests worldwide, President Donald Trump blamed the devastation on poor...

Botanical blackmarket: the hidden world of cycad poaching

A text comes in. It reads “Meet me at the abandoned gas station past Lexington and Thomas.” The car...

Battle for the Ocean’s Giant Kelp Forests

Slightly off the Californian coast, battle lines are drawn. On one side lies a purple, spiny, extraterrestrial-looking creature intent on eating all...

CO2 to the Rescue: Transforming Pollution into a Resource

We are at the brink of a severe climate crisis caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane,...

Wall of Destruction: The impact of the US-Mexico Border wall on wildlife

Growing up in Arizona, we were told that people could go to jail for damaging a Saguaro cactus. Saguaros are a protected...

Taking Research Outside

After two days of driving, our U-haul rounded the final corner of the gravel road leading to our destination, The Rocky Mountain Biological Station,...

Life Science

In defense of trees and those who cut them

Trees have received a lot of press lately. As wildfires tore through forests worldwide, President Donald Trump blamed the devastation on poor...

Most Popular Articles

Vegetables are a social construct

My particular confluence of knowledge (a blend of economics, environmental policy, and crop science) tends to leave me completely overwhelmed by the discordance among...

Azure is the New Black: Creating a Blue Rose

Floriography, better known as the language of flowers, doesn’t refer to a communication method between plants. Rather, it is the Victorian era...

Mental Wellness: Understanding the STEM Graduate Mental Health Crisis

In this series, “Mental Wellness”, we will highlight not only the mental state of graduate students all over the world, but also the likely...

What your mama (mostly) gave you

Anyone who knows me knows that mitochondria are pretty much my life. My Ph.D. focuses on making these little cellular power plants...

Brain & Behavior

Diving into the Homo-Delphinus connection

Humans have shared a special bond with a certain animal since the time of Aristotle. Artworks as early as 1500 BC depicted...

Forget What You Know About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth-leading cause of death among adults in the US. Its progression is devastating: the brain slowly deteriorates,...

This looks familiar…

How many times has this happened to you before? You walk into a room–it could be one...

Capturing Creativity

In the age of increasingly complex problems, many classrooms are starting to incorporate strategies for improving the fluency (quantity), flexibility (diversity) and originality of...

“Are you going to finish that?” – What we know about the psychology of self-control

  With the holidays upon us, exercising self-control is the last thing on everyone’s mind, as we are deluged with stimuli to shop, eat, and...

Rethinking Anorexia: Making the Biopsychosocial Connection

With only 50% of patients recovering fully in the long-term, anorexia is the deadliest psychiatric disorder. Typically associated with poor body-image and unhealthy eating...

Science & Pop Culture

Your new favorite author is a robot

Have you ever wondered if the article you’re reading was written by a human? I imagine you probably haven’t. After all, why...

Politics & Policy

In defense of trees and those who cut them

Trees have received a lot of press lately. As wildfires tore through forests worldwide, President Donald Trump blamed the devastation on poor...

To be genetically illiterate in the genomic age

What if I told you that the source code, or genomes, for many living organisms is available for free online? Would it surprise you?...

Lost in Translation

The year is 2019; the place, your local grocery store.  You, the unwary consumer, wander the aisles on your weekly shopping excursion.  Reaching for...

Physical Science

Cosmic Proportions

Everyone you’ve ever loved (or hated), everything you’ve ever held dear, every experience you’ve ever had - all of these have been confined to...

The Sugar Code: Representing Glycans

Hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of golden rainbows and me red balloons! If you’ve ever eaten Lucky Charms cereal, you probably...

What’s the Point of the International Space Station(ISS)?

On March 1st, astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). But why was he even up...

Frosty the Microbe

‘Tis the season for stories of wintery magic. From Elsa and Frozone to their mythical grandfather, Jack Frost, there’s no cooler gift than the...

All Articles

What your mama (mostly) gave you

Anyone who knows me knows that mitochondria are pretty much my life. My Ph.D. focuses on making these little cellular power plants...

CO2 to the Rescue: Transforming Pollution into a Resource

We are at the brink of a severe climate crisis caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane,...

Diving into the Homo-Delphinus connection

Humans have shared a special bond with a certain animal since the time of Aristotle. Artworks as early as 1500 BC depicted...

Psychedelics: from poison to antidote

The term psychedelics, or hallucinogens, describes a class of drugs that produce significantly altered perception when ingested. Due to their ability to cause lasting...

Wall of Destruction: The impact of the US-Mexico Border wall on wildlife

Growing up in Arizona, we were told that people could go to jail for damaging a Saguaro cactus. Saguaros are a protected...

Breaking the two-hour tape: Engineering the fastest marathon run in history

What does it take to reach the peak of athletic performance and break barriers thought to be beyond human capabilities? One of...

The stranger within: the story of mitochondria

Suppose you stop someone on the street to ask them a question. You offer them three words: what...

Taking Research Outside

After two days of driving, our U-haul rounded the final corner of the gravel road leading to our destination, The Rocky Mountain Biological Station,...

I’ll be back (in 3,000 years)

I still remember my first night in the United States, not due to the long journey, but because of the first question someone asked...

Sleeping Beauty Seeds

This year I’ve been reading a lot about seed dormancy and while we’re all hunkered down, sheltered in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, I...

Medicine

What your mama (mostly) gave you

Anyone who knows me knows that mitochondria are pretty much my life. My Ph.D. focuses on making these little cellular power plants...

Psychedelics: from poison to antidote

The term psychedelics, or hallucinogens, describes a class of drugs that produce significantly altered perception when ingested. Due to their ability to cause lasting...

Diving into the Homo-Delphinus connection

Humans have shared a special bond with a certain animal since the time of Aristotle. Artworks as early as 1500 BC depicted...

The Fault in Our Epigenome: The science behind aging

From the Yoruba tradition of throwing cowrie shells, to the Roma fortune tellers peering at palms, people throughout history have wondered if...