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Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Sex Determination: Some (Turtle Genes) Like It Hot

In the animal world, sex is complicated. Animals have evolved all kinds of ways to determine whether an individual will turn out to be a...

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Sea Slug (<span><em>Aplysia californica</em></span>)

Mind of a Slug: It's in the RNA

Have you ever searched for a memory that seemed lost somewhere in your mind? Well, some scientists have been rising to the daunting challenge of finding the...


Missing Under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe (Viscum album) has long been associated with vitality and fertility. Greek and Roman physicians recommended mistletoe to treat a variety of ailments...

Plastic Bottles

Please Pass the Plastic: Upgrading an Edible Enzyme

Plastics are an integral part of our everyday lives. A list of common commercial plastic items would be virtually endless. From medical implants to household...

Random Number Encryption

Quantum Generation of Random Numbers

Cryptography has existed since ancient times, when Mesopotamians encrypted their secrets on dried clay tablets. But the internet age presents a host of...

DNA, Telomeres, Telomerase RNA

Viewing Human Telomerase in High Detail

The remarkable journey of human development, from single-celled zygote to full-grown adult, requires a lot of cell division. This presents a problem for...

Fake News

All the News That's Fit to Tweet

Since the U.S. presidential election of 2016, and even before, there has been broad concern over the issue of "fake news"—news reports that are passed on as...


All the Pretty Little Horses: Ancient Genomes Revisited

In the late 19th century, Russian explorer and naturalist Nikolay Przewalski described a stocky wild horse species with dun coloring that roamed the steppes of...

Sperm Whale Diving

Diving Deep: How Marine Mammals Handle Pressure

If there were an Olympic diving event for marine mammals, then the Cuvier's beaked whale would easily take the gold. On a single breath of air, this small...

Fruit Fly

Driving Out Pests with Genetic Engineering

If you keep fruit in the house, you have probably encountered fruit flies of the genus Drosophila. There are roughly 1,500 Drosophila species, most of which...

Element 118 (periodic table)

Element 118: Most Defiant of Noble Gases

Oganesson—the biggest known element at 118 on the periodic table—is like a young monarch that's about to break all the royal traditions. The other members of...

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