Book reviews: A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
By: Magda DH
Douglas Adams aficionado, cricket fan and one of the foremost biologists of our time, Richard Dawkins is amongst the staunchest defenders of reason against what some perceive as a raising flood of irrationality - and he does it in excellent style. 'Devil's Chaplain' is a...
Elderberries: Identification and uses
By: Marie-Luise Stromer
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a shrub-like tree found both as a wild and cultivated plant, and can grow up to 30 feet tall. People have known of its usefulness since prehistoric times, Plinius and Hippocrates have included it in their writings as far...
By: Natalie Palmer
Food scientist? Food engineer? What do these people do anyway? A common misconception is that a food scientist understands all the nutritional aspects of food. However, food science is a much broader field of studies than nutrition. Food science and technology studies the ingredients that...
By: Perry McCarney
Rubus ellipticus is commonly known as yellow Himalayan raspberry in Hawai'i where it is considered a weed or naturalized alien invasive plant although it was initially deliberately introduced in 1961. It is also listed as one of the 100 of the world's worst invasive alien...
Do Organisms always Evolve into more Complex Forms
By: Matthew Zimmer - 393877
Evolution is not a planned event. Speaking from a scientific point of view, the evolution of organisms through time has always occurred by accident. Evolution occurs when one or more genes within an organism mutate, creating different phenotypes. For example, at some point in earth's...
By: Barnaby Meins
Bioengineering is defined as an interdisciplinary field that integrates engineering principles with physical sciences, chemical sciences, mathematical sciences, computational sciences and applies them to solve problems in biology, medicine, and health care.The mainstream bioengineering research areas are Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioimaging and Bioinstrumentation. New bioengineering...
By: Triana Rathads
For most organisms on this planet the purpose of this life is to pass on genetic material, to be used like a manual by its offspring, in order to create the next generation of its species. Genetic material is information, and each of these blue-...
By: Matthew Zimmer - 393877
Most people are familiar with the phrase, "survival of the fittest". Darwin's theory of evolution uses this phrase as a foundation, for it explains how organisms evolve. Creatures that are able to survive long enough to reproduce will have genes that allow them to do...
Is the Human Race Evolving or Devolving
By: Todd Pheifer
This question is biological, but it is also spiritual and philosophical. In order to answer it, we would need to agree upon the definition and parameters of "evolution". In other words, we have to define our criteria for the improvement or regression of society. Are...
By: RB
This article will tackle the ethical arguments against the use of hybrid or "chimera" embryos involving mixing animal and human DNA. It will try to analyse and criticise these arguments with the aim of justifying it mainly from a utilitarian perspective but also to warn...

 

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