“Feed Me Seymour!”

Despite the nightmares that we all experience as we recall the man-eating plant that Seymour grew in the hit horror musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” natural selection has not yet yielded a species of plant that feeds on humans. But as humans, we sure do like to imagine the possibilities! Ever since carnivorous plants were […]

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Man Vs. Whale

If you compare the size and brute strength of a whale with a human, this match up should be a no brainer. The size of a blue whale is about 82 feet and up to 330,000 lbs while a human is roughly 6 feet and 200 lbs. The whale wins this battle right? Historically speaking, […]

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A Bizarre Companionship

Some things naturally go together: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, or chocolate and bacon (or is that just me?). In nature, there are other combinations that are very bizarre and unlikely. Different combinations of living things will join forces to help each other survive. We call this ‘mutualism,’ it is a type of […]

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Celebration of the Beetle

As I join my family around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, I look forward to the tradition of sharing various things we are thankful for. My family knows me as the crazy/cool science guy so naturally I have a unique response to what I am thankful for this year–BEETLES. As an amateur entomologist, beetles are […]

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A Tribute to Robert Hooke

The breaking down of food within our bodies to create energy, the signals sent to our motor neurons from the brain causing our hands to react just in time and catch the baseball, and natural regeneration of skin after receiving a nasty paper cut. All of these phenomena are made possible by amazing things called […]

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