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Human-Guided Evolution Closer Than You Think

23 Mar 2021

We tend to fixate on the drastic changes caused by evolution over huge timescales. It’s easy to ignore the small variations between generations that add together over time to form the big...

I am a woman. Why am I always so cold?

10 Mar 2021

I am always cold. I’ve had this problem ever since I was a child, when I’d sneak into the living room in the winter and turn up the thermostat while my parents weren’t looking. When I still worked...

You Inherit Part of Your Fingerprint from Your Parents

19 Jul 2019

Our fingerprints are a one-of-a-kind pattern, so unique to an individual that even identical twins don’t share them. And yet I’m here to tell you that you inherit part of your fingerprint from your...

Koalas have fingerprints just like humans

19 Jul 2019

In 1975 police took fingerprints from six chimpanzees and two orangutans housed at zoos in England. They weren’t just looking for a unique souvenir; they were testing to see if any unsolved crimes...

Feeding Dogs like they’re Human: Raw, Grain-Free, and Vegan

20 Mar 2019

Given the breadth of commercially available dog foods it can be tricky for dog owners to make informed decisions on how to feed their pets. Add into the mix the wealth of websites and books...

Why Are There so Many Different Body Types?

23 Aug 2018

While this question seems simple, it turns out there are a lot of complex processes behind your development of a particular body size or shape.

Queen Ants Don’t Have a Divine Right to Their Thrones, Just the Right Genetics

2 Aug 2018

Humans have classified more than 12,500 species of ants, and there are an estimated 10,000 more waiting to be discovered. Besides their incredible strength, almost all of these species have...

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...

Owls Don't Have Eyeballs

12 Jan 2018

You know how we (humans) have eyeballs? Well, owls don’t. They have eye tubes or cylinders, rod-shaped eyes that do not move in their sockets as eyeballs do. Instead, owls have to move their bodies...

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