By: Elizabeth M Young
Seaweeds are aquatic plants like kelp and algae that thrive in saline ocean waters. Seaweed has been touted as a weapon in the war on aging skin, a replacement for seafood, a way to improve the qualities and texture of foods, and is now the...
The use of seaweed in biotechnology
By: Effie Moore Salem
Biotechnology “is using living things to create products or to do tasks for human beings”. At present sustainable energy for the future is driving a lot of biotechnology. Seaweed is unlike pond scum growing on slow moving waters, sea weed is of the ocean...
By: Colette Georgii
There are always moral, ethical, and scientific implications related to the science of cloning, but to clone an extinct creature such as the woolly mammoth that lived during pre-historic times might have even greater implications due to taking the DNA and blood samples from an...
By: Terrence Aym
The U.S. military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has seen the future, and the future is bugs. Bionic bugs.DARPA, the visionary arm of the Pentagon, is tasked with anticipating and shaping the battlefield of the future. Like the famous RAND corporation with...
Knowing Evolution can Save Life on Earth
By: Christyl Rivers
The environment shapes evolution. Now human beings are shaping the environment. This is, on earth, a new and shocking event. It took the universe, as we know it, about eleven billion years to create the human brain. With warp speed, (geologically speaking) home sapiens has...
Comparing human and animal sexual behavior
By: Christyl Rivers
Birds and bees do it. Sex was created by nature to perpetuate genes. That said, there is so much diversity, abundance and expression of sexuality among organisms, it may be understood that sexuality, and even love, is a foundation for life on the planet. Here...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
Gram staining is a method used in the medical laboratory to differentiate between two major groups of bacteria (Gram positive and Gram negative) based on the properties of their cell walls. The Gram stain primarily flags the thick layer of peptioglycan certain bacterial organisms which...
Understanding the Gram Stain of Hans Christian Gram
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Hans Christian Gram is a Danish Bacteriologist who acquired his biological knowledge at the University of Copenhagen, where he mastered the study of plants and the use of the microscope. Following graduating from the medical school in the year 1883, Hans Christian Gram travelled throughout...
Why 'the food chain' is an inaccurate phrase and idea
By: Christyl Rivers
Everyone knows what a food chain is, right? The grass is grazed by the cow, and the cow is eaten by people. There is the grass, the cow, the person; hence three items in a “chain.” But the phrase food chain is inaccurate...
Has vestigiality been disproven?
By: Moi
Many times people will refer facetiously to male nipples as stark evidence of vestigiality. Indeed, what use do men have of nipples if they cannot breastfeed? Well....not so fast. Did you know that men can, indeed, breastfeed? Men in fact possess mammary glands, albeit...

 

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