biology http://wamc.org en "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" http://wamc.org/post/third-chimpanzee-young-people-evolution-and-future-human-animal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?</p><p>With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, <a href="http://www.jareddiamond.org/Jared_Diamond/Welcome.html">Jared Diamond</a> intended his book, <em>The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal</em>, to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90796 at http://wamc.org "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" Dr. Susan Kalisz, University of Pittsburgh - Recipe for Invasive Plant Species http://wamc.org/post/dr-susan-kalisz-university-pittsburgh-recipe-invasive-plant-species <p>Species interaction dictates a great deal of a location's biodiversity.</p><p>Susan Kalisz, professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh, is linking the diet of deer to the success of the animals' surrounding flora.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 89045 at http://wamc.org Dr. Susan Kalisz, University of Pittsburgh - Recipe for Invasive Plant Species Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Washington University in St. Louis - Hidden Biology of RNAs http://wamc.org/post/dr-yehuda-ben-shahar-washington-university-st-louis-hidden-biology-rnas <p>RNA seems like the unsung little brother of DNA and protein.</p><p>But Yehuda Ben-Shahar, assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, is learning a great deal about their very important molecular responsibilities.</p><p>Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar is an assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the roles of genes, genetics, and evolution in shaping and driving specific animal behaviors. He earned a PhD from the University of Illinois in 2002.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 89026 at http://wamc.org Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Washington University in St. Louis - Hidden Biology of RNAs Dr. Scott Kirkton, Union College - Understanding the Molting Process of Grasshoppers http://wamc.org/post/dr-scott-kirkton-union-college-understanding-molting-process-grasshoppers <p>Studying how insects metabolize and process oxygen could bring some relief for farmers hoping to protect their crops without using dangerous pesticides.</p><p>Dr. Scott Kirkton of Union College is learning a great deal about the biochemistry that triggers a grasshopper's molting process.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87361 at http://wamc.org Dr. Scott Kirkton, Union College - Understanding the Molting Process of Grasshoppers Vox Pop : Science Forum : 5/16/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-science-forum-51612 <p>Science is the topic this Wednesday as we host professors Ed Stander (geology), Andrea Worthington (biology), and Nancy Slack (biology), and Ken Welles (physics) to provide conclusions to your hypotheses. It&#39;s the Vox Pop Science Forum, hosted by Alan Chartock.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 19:00:00 +0000 39266 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Science Forum : 3/22/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-science-forum-32212 <p>The Science Forum is underway. We gather our panel of experts in the areas of biology and chemistry once a month to respond to your science-related questions and comments. On today&rsquo;s show: Barbara Brabetz, Ken Welles, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander. WAMC&rsquo;s Ray Graf hosts.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Patrick Donges 35235 at http://wamc.org