The Weekly Round Up: April 10- May 6

What?!?!?!?  A new Weekly Round Up?  But we haven’t had one of these in weeks???  After dropping the ball for a few weeks, it’s back baby, in all its glory.  I’ve scoured the internet and grabbed for you a group of environmental news stories that I think you’ll enjoy.  I’m talking fish eyeball parasites, CRISPR-HIV research, and a pretty damn cool cuttlefish battle.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 13-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up, where we’ve decided to adopt the new headlines format (Yaaaaay!).  You’ve all spoken over the last few weeks, so it’s been decided that sharing the headlines of the articles that caught our attention over the week, is the best way to go.  This week had a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately, it’s mostly just people complaining about what a Trump presidency will mean for the environment (it’s bad) and how he’s going to put the worst people in charge of running environmental policies (not a surprise at all).  So we’re not including any of that.  We’ve talked about it before, the internet won’t stop talking about it now, and we would just be shouting into the void.  So instead, here’s the rest of the news that turned our heads this week.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About CRISPR

Firstly, I just want to apologise.  Today I’m not writing an original article.  I’m not sharing news with you.  I’m really putting in minimal effort.  But my god is this warranted, cause I’m sharing with you something you should not miss.  A new video was released today (which I’m shamelessly taking from reddit, where I discovered it) all about CRISPR, and you must watch it.  We’ve talked about CRISPR here before, but honestly, I can understand if it all is still confusing to you.  The video released today onto youtube, by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, not only makes understanding CRISPR easier, but also truly shows you how groundbreaking it is.  We’re standing on the precipice of something incredible here in science, and if you have 16 minutes to kill, or even if you don’t, you should watch this right now.

Gene Editing Is Pretty Damn Cool

Man oh man, are you ready to get wonderfully smarter before the weekend?  You’ve probably heard a little about CRISPR, I mean we brought it up just last week, and to a larger degree you’ve probably heard about gene editing in general over the last few months.  But if you haven’t heard anything about gene editing, or even if you have, get ready to get your mind BLOWN.  Seriously, it’s crazy!  We’re essentially gods now.  So to kick start your weekend, and to make you into the smartest person at the dinner table, here’s an awesome TED Talk all about gene editing and its implications.

The Weekly Round Up: May 15-21

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Well guys, I’m going to be upfront and truthful with you, this week wasn’t too great.  There was quite a bit of doom and gloom going around, and not just because DOOM has been out for a little more than a week (which is apparently quite good, so… silver lining?).  Seriously, there was some pretty big, bad news this week.  Fortunately, there was also some good stuff- key word being some– so let’s hold hands, and get through this together. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 16-21

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Full disclosure, this week is a more science oriented one.  Why?  Because I said so.  Also, that’s just the way it turned out.  I could talk about how Kikkoman, a soy sauce company, was both accused of, and stopped, animal testing this week, or about the top ten most virile animals- as apparently this was news this week.  But instead I’m going in a more serious direction, mainly because I find those stories more interesting.  Lots of really cool research type stuff came out this week- like internal animal compasses, genetic modification, and how bats land- and frankly I would rather put that in the spotlight, than some of the other stuff.  It’s just really interesting!  Don’t worry though, I’ll end it on a cat cucumber story, because it’s pretty hilarious.  I’m not made of stone! Continue reading