Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Image courtesy of Florida Water Daily/Flickr. Amidst today’s climate crisis and turmoil, there have been many pushes for sustainable practices and renewable energy. Industrial development has led to increased transformation of freshwater into industrial wastewaters, calling for more sustainable practices,

Aliens Stink… Literally

Aliens Stink… Literally

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Aliens stink—or, at least, there is a strong chance they do. Researchers in Sara Seager’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been looking into biosignature gases––volatile substances produced by life––as a potential

The Evolution of Sex: More Gay After All

The Evolution of Sex: More Gay After All

Image courtesy of Jee & Nani Nature Photograph 2016. Ever heard of damselflies engaging in same-sex behavior? It turns out many different animals, from birds to mammals to even insects, display same-sex behavior (SSB). However, since SSB reduces the production

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Image courtesy of Peter Arnold, Inc., National Geographic. Geologists have long debated the primary driver of the mass extinction which occurred more than sixty-six million years ago. Until recently, the discussion had consistently bounced between two dominant hypotheses: extraterrestrial impacts

Calculating Our Real Carbon Footprint

Calculating Our Real Carbon Footprint

Image courtesy of Ellie Gabriel. It has become increasingly clear that greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to an unsustainable future. In the United States, environmentally extended input/output analysis (EEIO) has been used to track environmental footprints, but this method has

What Pregnancy Can Tell Us About Cancer: The Evolutionary Link between Embryo Implantation and Tumor Growth

What Pregnancy Can Tell Us About Cancer: The Evolutionary Link between Embryo Implantation and Tumor Growth

Image courtesy of Pexels.com. When evolutionary biologist Günter Wagner was still a child in Vienna, he watched a documentary on the Lipizzaner horses used in his city’s famous horse-riding academy. As he later learned, these horses were prone to developing

Snowballing Into a New Age:  How the Meltwater Pump May Have Contributed to Evolution

Snowballing Into a New Age: How the Meltwater Pump May Have Contributed to Evolution

Image courtesy of Ellie Gabriel. How was earth able to sustain life during a major ice age known as Snowball Earth? During that period, the planet was covered with ice sheets for millions of years. This phenomenon resulted in ocean

Put Down Your Drink:  Investigating the Role of the Kappa Opioid Receptor behind Intense Alcohol Cravings

Put Down Your Drink: Investigating the Role of the Kappa Opioid Receptor behind Intense Alcohol Cravings

Image courtesy of Grace Macdonald. Throughout history, alcohol has been enjoyed as a source of personal relaxation, a delightful accompaniment to meals, and a social lubricant. What happens when your preoccupation with alcohol becomes so intense that it inhibits your

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

Image courtesy of Libertas Academica. Ever felt anxious before a test or important presentation? Maybe it’s genetic. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and UC San Diego partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the genetic underpinnings

Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Image courtesy of Audrey Steinkamp. Imagine mindlessly digging into the ground and suddenly finding a fossil of a never-before-seen species. For some, such an experience is merely a dream, but for Javier Luque, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale’s Department of