Science in the News: December 15-20, 2012

For what will probably be our last post of 2012, here are a few articles to get you thinking about your classes for Spring 2013. Early next year we will be enhancing these posts with video resources, media galleries and content from an expanded number of new sources.

Fish have enormous nutrient impacts on marine ecosystems, study finds (UGA Today; Dec 23, 2012)

If you are looking for a way to integrate biogeochemical cycles into a presentation, then this is a one-stop article. Most studies examine the influence of microbes on biogeochemical cycles. In this study, researchers at UGA explore the influence of fish on the phosphorous cycle. The article provides an easy-to-read resource for most introductory biology classes.

Genomic Frontier: The Unexplored Animal Kingdom (Rice University News and Media; Dec 19, 2012)

Lophotrochozoans are often overlooked in most lectures, but they do hold an importance place in the evolution of animals. This  article explains the efforts of researchers at Rice University to better understand the lophotrochozoans and shed insight on the genomic basis of animal evolution.

The Year in Science Pictures 2012 (Science Magazine; Dec 18, 2012)

If you are like me, you are always looking for great science pictures for lectures and presentations. Here you will find some of the best pictures of 2012 from Science Magazine. Each contains a short description of the topic, and most of these would serve nicely in an introduction (check out the image of Sifrhippus sandrae and the discussion of horse evolution).

 

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