Science Snapshot: Desert Plants

The subtle beauty of desert plants is often masked by their rugged features. Sharp spikes, furry leaves, and woody branches are not going to win any plant beauty pageants any time soon. But these features are amazing adaptations to have if you live in the harsh desert 24/7. Desert plants use fur and spikes as […]

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Evolutionary Mash-up: Fairy Shrimp

It is finally October and you know what that means–watching scary movies about zombies or possessed dolls threatening to take over the world in post-apocalyptic fashion. After some people watch these horror films, they may start to wonder “how would I survive if a zombie/possessed doll apocalypse really did happen?” No need to fear, science […]

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Science Word of the Week: Crypt

In the popular world, a crypt is often seen as a burial place with creepy, mysterious, or even spooky overtones. But in the world of life sciences, the crypt is not where zombie uprisings occur, but rather where new life rises from the pit of the intestinal gland. The crypt is a pit found within […]

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Science Word of the Week: Tun

In the past, there have been talks among scientists of we humans extending our species to inhabit the moon. This could be valuable if the Earth no longer has enough resources to support human life or if something catastrophic happened on Earth. Well once the human race makes it to the moon, it may find […]

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Science Snapshot: Horn Shark Eggs

In the never-ending struggle for survival in this competitive and unforgiving world, it is all about surviving long enough to reproduce and pass on your “fit” genes to the next generation. But the story does not end with reproduction, the offspring must learn to sink or swim if it wants to survive to reproduce in […]

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Science Snapshot: Lichen

Vast armies of yellow, orange, green, blue, black, and any other color imaginable spread across the barren landscape. After an asteroid impact wiped out the majority of species on this planet, these colorful symbionts march forth to take advantage of the wide open world. Two unlikely organisms join forces to thrive in this new world. […]

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