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Photosynthetic Sea Slug Pirates

We all know that plants ‘eat’ through the process called photosynthesis, a chemical process where light energy and carbon dioxide are turned into carbohydrates, oxygen and water.  In plants and algae, the process of photosynthesis occurs in the chloroplast, an … Continue reading

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The Bermuda Seaweed Project: Education and Outreach

 As a graduate student studying Bermuda’s seaweed biodiversity, I had the good fortune of spending a year in the islands, collecting thousands of macroalgal specimens for the Bermuda Seaweed Project with support from NSF Award No. 1120652. While diving Bermuda’s … Continue reading

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Corals Recruit Gobies as Bodyguards

The Disney movie, Finding Nemo, popularized the understanding that coral reefs provide essential habitats for a large amount of marine biodiversity including hundreds of species of and fish, turtles, invertebrates, and many others.  Unfortunately, over the past thirty years, half … Continue reading

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Aunt Ruby’s Got Good Genes

Few edible plants inspire the nostalgia or controversy that a tomato does; a quick Google search uncovers hundreds of articles and blog posts whose authors covet the tomatoes of yore, and admonish modern day supermarket–bound tomato handling practices like forced … Continue reading

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Microdissection with frikin laser beams!

One of the problems we have to deal with when approaching some of the parasite work we do is figuring out how to access small patches of tissue. With the red algal parasites, this is particularly true, because of the … Continue reading

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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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Oh What a Big If

A team of scientists led by Armen Y. Mulkidjanian at the University of Osnabrück in Germany have invoked Charles Darwin’s “warm little pond” scenario to challenge one of the most prevalent views held in evolutionary biology— that life originated in … Continue reading

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The Table Ate My Dinner

My thoughts after reading Gerber et al (2012) situations like that may not be science fiction for ever.  Inspired by natural living surfaces, such as bark or our own skin, the authors set out to create a functional living material that was … 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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Biological NAND Gate: The future may be closer than we think

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Truth table of a NAND Gate. (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci213512,00.html)

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