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Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, postdoctoral researcher from the California Academy of Sciences, tells why nudibranchs evolved to have such beautiful and brilliant color patterns to aid in their defense.

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The Cloud in the Silver Lining

The Cloud in the Silver Lining

There are no free lunches in genetics. Having a certain version of a gene may protect you from one thing, but make you susceptible to another.

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The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

Although not a spider, the camel spiders – also known as the wind scorpion or sun spider – has taken its place amongst many tall tales and urban legends.

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After Earth Day, Celebrate the Other 71% with World Oceans Day

After Earth Day, Celebrate the Other 71% with World Oceans Day

It's time to celebrate our ocean with World Oceans Day.

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Dominant isn't Always Common

Dominant isn't Always Common

A common genetic misconception is that dominant means common. Here Dr. Starr explains why dominant and recessive doesn't matter for how common a trait is.

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Report from the Philippines

Report from the Philippines

Here in the field, time passes slowly but the need to explore, explain and protect natural systems like Philippine coral reef systems is urgent.

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Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

I know cola isn’t good for me, but now I’m thinking the plastic bottle is even worse.

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Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Genetic tests for complex diseases just tell you part of your genetic risk and nothing about your environmental risks.

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Dark Endeavours

Dark Endeavours

When NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off on its 25th and final mission to space on Monday morning, it carried a bus-sized, two billion dollar observatory that will probe some of our Universe's deepest, darkest secrets: dark matter, and the unaccounted antimatter.

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ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

What makes us care about wildlife so much that we dedicate years of study, a hundred hours a week of time for little pay or even recognition?

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The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

On April 26th, Academy researchers and educators started the trek to the Philippines to get the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition underway, the largest expedition in the Academy’s history.

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Osama’s Sister’s Brother

Osama’s Sister’s Brother

Scientists could definitely get DNA results from Osama bin Laden in less than 24 hours. And they could conclude with high certainty that the man killed was Osama bin Laden.

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Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

SETI's Allen Telescope Array is placed in hibernation due to funding cuts, putting the search for extraterrestrial intelligence on hold.

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Better Left Unknown?

Better Left Unknown?

Just because we can find out about some of our genetic information, should we? Even though the results are often not very useful or even very informative, they can sometimes be a real burden.

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Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

50 years ago the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961 by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first human to enter outer space. Yuri’s Night was created to connect and inspire the globe about human spaceflight.

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Got Sharks?

Got Sharks?

What is it about sharks that inspire such controversy? Sharks make good press.

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DNA Diving for Alzheimer’s

DNA Diving for Alzheimer’s

I was able to figure out my APOE status and so one of my key risk factors for developing late onset Alzheimer's from my 23andMe test even though 23andMe doesn't officially report any results for Alzheimer's.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Learn about the interesting methods needed to operate a "green" building and it will show you some of what goes on behind the scenes at the Cal Academy.

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Making Bisexual Mice

Making Bisexual Mice

Serotonin plays a big role in sexual preference in mice. Maybe it plays a big role in people too.

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SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

On March 19, the Full Moon coincided with the Moon's closest approach to Earth. Was this "Super Moon" really super, or did it grow largest in the telling?

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