Dogs rule the world, from essential worker to best friend and now master of their domain

Dogs began their descent from wolves some 130,000 years ago when an enterprising pack discovered a new source of food and warmth ripe for exploitation.  Today, there is little doubt who is in charge in most households, as canines have transitioned from essential workers for hunters and farmers to loveable, furry, spoiled parasites, doted over… Continue reading Dogs rule the world, from essential worker to best friend and now master of their domain

The entire “Tree of Life” is online after the idea was first proposed over 200 years ago, and it’s a humbling, interactive experience open to everyone

Meet the “Google Earth of Biology,” the OneZoom Explorer, recently launched by the Imperial College of London.  This interactive, online experience maps the connections between 2.2 million living species in a visual, searchable format, including over 85,000 images.  Yes, the Tree of Life is now online, fulfilling a quest of over two centuries, allowing you… Continue reading The entire “Tree of Life” is online after the idea was first proposed over 200 years ago, and it’s a humbling, interactive experience open to everyone

Scientists reconstruct a 3.3 billion year old protein and discover an all new biochemical pathway critical to life and hiding in plain sight

We’re just starting to understand how evolution takes advantage of much more than mutations in our DNA.  Everything evolves, from the biochemical pathways to the cellular structures that support them.  Further, some of these structures are incredibly ancient, shared by all life, and still working today. The human body is constructed from four basic building… Continue reading Scientists reconstruct a 3.3 billion year old protein and discover an all new biochemical pathway critical to life and hiding in plain sight