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Diversity in the Animal Kingdom

Diversity in the Animal Kingdom

I have often heard that homosexuality is not natural. Yet is has been observed, researched, and documented in many species – so has sex changes, several sexes in one species, hermaphrodites, harems, polygamy and sexual cannibalism.

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A Catch-23

A Catch-23

If the FDA wants to regulate consumer genetic testing companies, there is no way that they will be able to make a profit.

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A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and planets…and Moon…and meteors….

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Go To College, Get A Genetic Test

Go To College, Get A Genetic Test

UC Berkeley has decided to offer its 5500 incoming freshmen of the College of Letters and Sciences the chance at a free genetic test. And all hell has broken loose.

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Dancing Within White Noise

Dancing Within White Noise

Last week, I traveled to Los Angeles to attend the American Association of Museum Annual Meeting and Museum Expo. This year’s theme was Museums without Borders and the pulse of many of the workshops focused on exploring the connections between cultures and genres.

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Producer's Notes: Amazing Jellies

Producer's Notes: Amazing Jellies

What are the longest animals in the world? Hint: you’ve most likely never heard of them. They glow in the dark and have many stomachs, mouths and tentacles – sometimes hundreds.

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My 3000th Great Grandpa was a Neanderthal

My 3000th Great Grandpa was a Neanderthal

New research shows that Europeans and Asians have a bit of Neanderthal in them. What was surprising about this latest research is that most of the previous data argued against human-Neanderthal hanky panky.

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Producer's Notes: Skulls at Cal Academy

Producer's Notes: Skulls at Cal Academy

If a dead marine mammal washes up on our beaches, from Bodega Bay to Año Nuevo, the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy gets a call.

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Chickens in the House

Chickens in the House

Raising chickens offers a good life for our feathered friends, a sense of peace, a connection to nature and our food source, eggs with high nutritional value, a composting and fertilization system, free entertainment and another reason to rise and shine.

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Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Astrophysicists who track space weather today are at a stage Earth weather forecasters were roughly three decades ago. This is about to change.

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Local Hair Cleaning Up Gulf Oil

Local Hair Cleaning Up Gulf Oil

Clean up for the recent spill in the San Francisco Bay was partially cleaned up by hair. Hair is a great catalyst in absorbing oil.

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Producer's Notes: Hepatitis C, Hope and Humanity

Producer's Notes: Hepatitis C, Hope and Humanity

I came to realize that hope has a lot to do with science. It’s the driving force for those who seek cures, for those who work to protect the environment, for those who search for solutions to the pain and problems facing humanity.

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What if the Geneticists are Wrong?

What if the Geneticists are Wrong?

What if most people or families had unique DNA differences that led to their disease? Then scientists have been going about finding the causes of genetic disease in the wrong way.

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The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

Chabot volunteers are running a live solar observatory for the public.

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Producer's Notes: The Great Migration

Producer's Notes: The Great Migration

When people think of bird migration, most naturally think of water fowl. Ducks and geese seem to get a lot of attention in that regard.

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Would You Eat A Tiger For Lunch?

Would You Eat A Tiger For Lunch?

Most people don’t know that the animals we are eating from the ocean are vastly different from the animals we eat on land.

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Greenpeace or Golden War?

Greenpeace or Golden War?

It is an open question about whether the risks outweigh the benefits with these GM crops.

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Pluto On the Horizon!

Pluto On the Horizon!

Since childhood I've been fascinated by Pluto—probably more for our lack of knowing it than for anything we actually know.

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Can We Live With Wolves?

Can We Live With Wolves?

I fell in love with wolves after reading Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat ten years ago. Their grace, playfulness, loyalty, keen sense of hearing and smell, and beauty made my heart bow low in respect.

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The American Diet

The American Diet

I just finished reading Omnivore’s Dilemma. It mysteriously appeared on my desk a few months ago; someone who still is anonymous thought I should read it.

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