Views of Lake Fort Smith Part II: Scientist

There's a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there's an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It...becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows …

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Wilson Park: Dogs, Flowers and Fungi (oh! the fungi)

Deep oak and hickory wood laced with purring creeks and rocky rubble beckon me, but most days they must wait, as getting out of town to the nearest decent public hiking area requires twenty minutes--more than one can afford on a working day. Instead I often opt for a five minute drive (to avoid crossing …

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Adrenaline and Hypothermia: Fact versus Hollywood Fiction

Adrenaline. This is the magical solution for many a questionably-survivable scenario in a movie or video game. As a biology nerd and exploration history buff I feel like shouting to the world, “That’s not how adrenaline works!” More recently I’ve watched a YouTube playthrough of Until Dawn, which is a survival horror game set in …

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From Hominins to Hadza: the Evolutionary Dental Approach

Originally posted and full article at Research Frontiers blog:    You usually do not think much about teeth. You brush them twice a day and use them to chew your food. But who would have thought that the texture of your teeth can tell scientists, now or give or take a few million years, what …

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Don’t Ignore the Giant Panda in the Room…on the Plateau…Under the Ground

What is the largest organism on Earth? An elementary student might respond with, "The blue whale." Let us face it, most of us think about animals when it comes to biology. Someone who has grown passed the childhood obsession with animals or expanded upon it might respond with, "The redwoods," or "The sequoia." I know …

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The Value of Best Friends for a Plant in the Tropics

Your average plant would not survive without fungi.  In all regions of the world and among almost all plants, mycorhizzal fungi essentially are socks.  As you would cover your feet with a sock, plants cover their roots with fungi.  However, while socks can wick moisture and keep you warm, mycorhizzal (my-co-rise-uhl) fungi provide plants with …

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