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To Beard or Not to Beard. That is the Question.

You are a man standing in front of the mirror. Do you go for the razor or do you skip the morning shave? Well, it should depend on how you want women to perceive you. According to Dixson and Vasey … Continue reading

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When a tree isn’t actually a tree.

Elton John may have first introduced the idea in his hit song, Circle of Life, but a similar phrase has found its way into science. Undoubtedly Elton John considered only charismatic megafauna in his song, but if applied to the … Continue reading

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Bacteria Can Talk! (and now we can silence them)

Most cellular biology has focused on eukaryotes, but just as interesting are the prokaryotic bacteria. As the most ancient life form, bacteria have primitive features and are characterized as single celled organisms. Presumed to be asocial and reclusive, bacteria were … Continue reading

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The Spawn of Medusa or Evolutionary Tinkering?

Living at the end of the world, Medusa, the creature with twisting serpents for hair, was such a vile looking creature that one look would turn a man to stone. Greek mythology purports that drops of blood from her severed … Continue reading

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It Survived a Freeze, but can Ascophyllum nodosum take the Heat?

Ascophyllum nodosum is a fucoid intertidal seaweed found along North Atlantic coastlines. Its northerly range extends from Arctic Canada, Norway, Greenland, and Iceland down to Portugal and Long Island where it has an abrupt southern limit at the 42° N … Continue reading

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