Tag Archives: peer-reviewed research

The Psychology Behind Wrapping Paper [Reprise]

Believe it or not, there have been studies that determine why we use wrapping paper on gifts! Continue reading

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Invasive Exotic Species: More than Meets the Eye

Genetic analyses of an exotic invasive parrot species reveals (1) a cryptic species and (2) support for the notion that the pet trade was involved in establishing this invasive species in the USA Continue reading

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Why Are Female Blue Tits Unfaithful?

Female blue tits might be unfaithful based both on their body condition and on that of their mates Continue reading

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The Biology of Politics: Is It For Real?

Instead of using free will and conscious thought to choose political candidates, people may be voting according to their biology Continue reading

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Ratite Flight: Lost But Not Forgotten

Another example of the phenomenon that Huxley called ”the great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.” Continue reading

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Are Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Identical?

For the first time: researchers have discovered a novel pathogenic mutation linked to mad cow disease Continue reading

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The Blogging Personality

You read blogs, and many of you write them, too. But what sort of person writes a blog? Are there certain personalities that are more likely to blog? Continue reading

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New Bird Species Discovered in Gabon, Africa

A gorgeous new species of birds was just discovered in Africa by ornithologists at the Smithsonian Institution Continue reading

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Sputnik Challenges Our Current Definition of Life

If you thought giant viruses that blur the line between life and non-life were cool wait till you check this out: those viruses can get infected — by other viruses Continue reading

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Behold The Pale Horse: The Genetics of Color and Cancer

The Gray mutation of horses is a beautiful example of the profound effects that a mutation can have upon regulation of gene expression and how that can cause dramatic color changes, development of cancer — and even the appearance of new species. Continue reading

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