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Wes Dingman

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Gazing at your dog | Notes from Planet Earth

In a previous column I wrote about some research with a very small worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, which has proven extremely valuable in helping us discover some of the intricacies in the development and physiology of higher organisms.

Mosaic Organisms | Notes from Planet Earth

Mosaics exist in places other than on the retaining walls of Main Street in North Creek and in architectural decorations found in buildings and monuments throughout the world.

Culture & agriculture | Notes from Planet Earth

Studies of the prevailing psychologies of different cultures have been ongoing for the last few decades.

Tiny Brains Are Not Simple Brains | Notes from Planet Earth

Three recent research articles support the notion that some tiny animals, evolutionarily much older than we humans, nevertheless possess brains with some of the same capabilities and chemical activities as our own brains.

Preserving large carnivores | Notes from Planet Earth

Seventy-six European conservation scientists from twenty-five countries have recently pooled their efforts and reported that the numbers of lynx, wolves, brown bears, and wolverines living in various regions of Europe (exclusive of the British Isles, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) have stabilized and begun to increase in number.

Manna from Heaven? | Notes from Planet Earth

Well, not really, ‘Money from Mars’ would be closer to the truth.

Knockout humans | Notes from Planet Earth

In genetic research, animals with “knocked out” genes have been extremely valuable.

Two philosophies and a hope | Notes from Planet Earth

As a nation, we appear to be struggling as to which of two competing, yet often compelling, philosophies we will follow as we head into the future.

The charm of crystals | Notes from Planet Earth

Few children can hold a crystal in their hand and not be fascinated.

Mammals, males and monogamy | Notes from Planet Earth

In the course of developing research projects biologists often ask themselves questions and their questions are frequently concerned with energetics.

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