Singin’ in the prairie

Noise pollution is becoming (ok, already is) a problem in cities. Traffic, construction, people yelling: you name it, it’s probably noisy. Cities aren’t the only places where humans make noise, though. Even in more rural areas, industrial projects, airports, oilfields, etc. raise quite a racket. Continue reading “Singin’ in the prairie”

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Meiosis, modulated

Something cool is going on in the nematode worm Auanema rhodensis! Nematodes are tiny (0.1 – 2.5mm) roundworms that are found pretty much everywhere, many species of which are parasitic. The popular research species C. elegans (pictured below) is also a nematode, for reference. Continue reading “Meiosis, modulated”

Beetles in color!

J.B.S. Haldane once remarked that if there is a creator, they must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. Hundreds of thousands of beetle species have been named; by contrast, there are only about 60,000 described species of vertebrates*. Naturally, the sheer number and diversity of beetles out there is of great interest to biologists.

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