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Every Day Our Body Needs to Demolish Billions of Houses

18 Feb 2022

Imagine waking up one day to a constant racket. You walk out of your house and see that your neighbour’s townhouse is being deconstructed. A crew is disassembling that house item by item, some of...

The Word “Cisgender” Has Scientific Roots

13 Nov 2021

In 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary added the word “cisgender” to its ever-evolving listing. It defines the adjective as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity and gender...

Bears Don’t Hibernate

16 Jan 2018

Bears do crawl into a cave and essentially sleep away the winter months, but what they’re doing is not hibernating, at least not in the true sense.

Crows as Garbage Collectors?

13 Jan 2018

Let’s crow about crows. They are smart birds. In Australia they have learned to feast on the repugnant cane toads that other animals avoid because of the toxin they secret from from glands above...

You know DNA. Meet an Even More Interesting Molecule.

21 Dec 2017

I remember being introduced to RNA as a disposable DNA copy with a very short life, a sort of mayfly of the molecular world....

There ain’t no cure for the summertime buzz!

20 Mar 2017

There’s a buzz in the air these days, a loud one. I’m sure you’ve heard it but it could have easily been mistaken for a malfunctioning drone plane stuck in the trees. The sounds of summer are...

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