Hidden Switches in the Mind
Genetics vs. Epigenetics [Illustration by AXS Biomedical Animation Studio, for "Hidden Switches in the Mind," by Eric Nestler, Scientific American, December 2011]
My neighbour set up an indigo vat this weekend, and invited me to come and dip bits of fabric into it. It was fascinating to watch the fabric turn from yellow to green to blue as it oxidized. We ran out of things to dye, and started on anything that wasn't nailed down or already blue. One of the exciting discoveries was that printed bits retained their colour - red stayed bright red. Of course nothing in my scrap box is safe now. (As you can see in this pic, white cat fur appears to be…
Eye color chart. I think that eyes help reflect their personalities. Maybe the girl with the purple eyes is very unique, or the boy with the big, brown eyes is gentle.
CSI: Birding ... barcoding the past, present and future
The extinction of an animal is no longer the end of our opportunity to learn new things about its ecology and biology. The same technology that recently reconstructed the genome of the Neanderthal man…
How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And Genes - The Best Brain Possible
Every minute of every day, your brain, cells and genes are literally changing in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.