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Evolution 101: The Family Tree of All Animal Life on Earth

  All Life on Earth is Connected Whether you're a marine worm or a marmoset, the exact same genetic code proliferates your DNA. Our molecular biology exposes a common ancestry that dates back four billion years, almost as old as the Earth itself. But how can...
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The Science of BroScience

"Do you even lift, bro?" This is the mating call of the BroScientist: one who measures his self-worth in the amount of weight he can lift. While there's nothing objectively wrong with gaining validation from physical strength, the dogma of BroScience can be time...
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Atoms 101

The ancient Greeks were not nearly as stupid as they looked, despite draping themselves in bed sheets for every occasion. It was a philosopher called Leucippus in the 5th century BC who proposed the idea of the atom, named for atomos which means indivisible. He said...
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The Mission to Planet Curtuteria

This is the true story of a parasitic flatworm called Curtuteria australis. This mysterious body-snatching organism lives within multiple hosts in its own life-cycle. The story of how that happens is simply unbelievable, but true. Here's an analogy. Curtuteria,...
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Nanomedicine is Here

For a long time I thought nanotechnology existed strictly in the realm of science-fiction. In fact, applied nanotechnology has been around my whole life, since the early 1980s. Today's world contains countless examples of nanotools at work: self-cleaning paints,...
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Who Built Stonehenge and Why?

Britain is full of ancient monuments. People practically trip over them on their morning stroll to the haberdasher's. Think medieval castles. Roman baths. Megalithic villages. Ancient earthworks. Giant hill figures. The landscape is littered with historic monuments...
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How Old Do You Think You Are?

You may think you know how old you are. But I'm about to tell you that you're wrong. You're wrong. There, see? I told you. The truth is there are several ways - biologically and culturally speaking - to measure how long you've been farting around on this planet. Your...
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What is Schrodinger’s Cat? And Can I Pet Him?

Don't be a silly sausage. You can't pet Schrodinger's Cat because he isn’t real. He's a hypothetical cat in an 80-year-old thought experiment. What's more, there's a 50/50 chance he's about to succumb to a fatal poisoning. So rather than make him cute and pettable, I...
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The Science of BroScience

"Do you even lift, bro?" This is the mating call of the BroScientist: one who measures his self-worth in the amount of weight he can lift. While there's nothing objectively wrong with gaining validation from physical strength, the dogma of BroScience can be time...

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Nikola Tesla Quotes: Inventor Extraordinaire

Nikola Tesla: the man who invented the 20th century. Contrary to popular opinion, it was Tesla who first produced the alternating current, radio waves, x-rays, radar, hydroelectric power, transistors, and so much more. Due to his apparent lack of commercial sense,...

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Atoms 101

The ancient Greeks were not nearly as stupid as they looked, despite draping themselves in bed sheets for every occasion. It was a philosopher called Leucippus in the 5th century BC who proposed the idea of the atom, named for atomos which means indivisible. He said...

read more

The Mission to Planet Curtuteria

This is the true story of a parasitic flatworm called Curtuteria australis. This mysterious body-snatching organism lives within multiple hosts in its own life-cycle. The story of how that happens is simply unbelievable, but true. Here's an analogy. Curtuteria,...

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Snapshot of a Bee

The oldest known bee fossil is 100 million years old.  Bees probably evolved from a carnivorous wasp-like ancestor. They become herbivores as flowering plants evolved.  Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our food. Having fun? Like Science Me...

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Nanomedicine is Here

For a long time I thought nanotechnology existed strictly in the realm of science-fiction. In fact, applied nanotechnology has been around my whole life, since the early 1980s. Today's world contains countless examples of nanotools at work: self-cleaning paints,...

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How to Spot a Hermaphrodite Lobster

It's actually easier than you think. Instead of poking around its sex organs like a lonely fisherman, look for the half-orange, half-black colouring, also known as the split-coloured lobster. Said to occur at a rate of 1-in-50 million, the two-tone lobsters are...

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Charles Darwin Quotes: The Superiority of Nature

Charles Darwin: the long-beardy chap who created the theory of evolution by natural selection. Remarkably, his younger and equally full-bearded counterpart, Alfred Russel Wallace, came up with a strikingly similar idea independently. Together, they presented their...

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Albert Einstein Quotes: The Philosophy of Science

As you very well know, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. On Einstein's 72nd birthday on 14 March, 1951, photographer Arthur Sasse was trying to...

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