Why are human faces so unique?

What’s in a face? The amazing variety of human faces — far greater than that of most other animals — is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley. Behavioral ecologist Michael J. Sheehan explains that our highly visual social … Read more Why are human faces so unique?

Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?

The cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.’s annual festival now bloom five days earlier than when the festival was celebrated in 1921 (on average). Scientists theorize that with the drastic warming of the globe, future decades could see blossom times not just a few days early but advanced by almost a month. To better understand the … Read more Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?

Is that really red snapper on your plate?

A recent survey done by Oceana says that fish found at the market are not always correctly labeled.  So, scientists are working on a genetic sequence technique called fish barcoding that can positively identify fish species. Marine biologist Ron Burton of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography says it’s important for the public to make sure … Read more Is that really red snapper on your plate?

Restoring oysters along the California coast

In response to global climate change, Jill Bible at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab shows us how her research with the Olympia Oyster is aimed at restoring this species along the west coast. “My research will help us determine what populations of oysters are particularly vulnerable or particularly robust to future changes and will … Read more Restoring oysters along the California coast