Tag: Biology

High-Throughput Urinary Testing: More Data, More Problems?

High-Throughput Urinary Testing: More Data, More Problems?

New technology is coming to UTI diagnosis and may lead to big improvements in the lives of millions of patients, But are these new tests worth the hype (and cost)?

It helps to be flexible: disordered proteins in biological stress response

It helps to be flexible: disordered proteins in biological stress response

Imagine you are working on a project with a large group of people, all with different personalities and responsibilities. Your group was just informed that something important to the progress of the project went terribly wrong. Some people in the group start to panic, which…

A Scientist’s View of Animal Research

A Scientist’s View of Animal Research

One of the most controversial aspects of biomedical research is the use of animals to benefit humans. Scientists use animals to test new treatments for human diseases and to understand human biology. Many groups have protested the use of animals for research. The most well-known…

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

If you’ve ever been lost in an unfamiliar city or tried to walk around in the dark, then you may have found yourself wishing you had the eyes of a cat or the echolocation abilities of a bat. But have you ever wished for the…

To Dye or Not To Dye

To Dye or Not To Dye

Dyeing hair is a common, but not recent, beauty practice. Hair dyeing (coloring) has been around for thousands of years, using plant-based dyes such as indigo and turmeric before synthetic dyes were invented. I recently wondered “What kind of science goes into modern hair coloring? What is the…

Will dogs save us from allergies?

Will dogs save us from allergies?

Dog is man’s best friend. Man is dog’s…predictor for allergies? A recent study showed dogs with owners that suffer from allergies are more likely to suffer from allergies themselves. Researchers also found that dogs that live in urban environments are more likely to have allergies…

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

When most people think about “Finding Nemo,” they likely think about Nemo, the adventurous young clownfish who got caught up in a fishy situation (no pun intended) and ended up in a dentist’s fish tank. Or, they might remember Marlin, the overprotective father. However, what…

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Class Cephalopoda is home to some of the most intelligent and mysterious critters in the sea. Including species of octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, cephalopods are a type of mollusk that have have lost their hard outer shells. Cephalopods get their name from the Greek…

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

You may have seen the anglerfish sex video floating around the Internet recently, with titles like “The worst sex in the world is anglerfish sex, and now there’s finally video.” While the video is worth a watch, I think most behavioral ecologist would beg to…

Honey Bees: Conservation Icon or Environmental Problem?

Honey Bees: Conservation Icon or Environmental Problem?

Bzzzzztt! Oh, sorry. That was just the sound of another honey bee dying. Seriously though, honey bee populations are crashing all over the world – we’ve lost nearly 60% of honey bee colonies since the 1970s. But there’s good news! Honey bees might be on…