Science in the News: January 4 to 21st, 2013

The spring semester is just beginning, and here are some articles we have found to help you get some relevancy into your classes:

Dinosaur Shook Tail Feathers for Mating Show (Science News January 4, 2013)

What better way to teach about evolutionary adaptations that to include dinosaurs? In this article, researchers describe how the skeletal structure of oviraptors (a herbivore dinosaur) may of served the same purpose as the fancy tail feathers of the peacock.

In the Eastern U.S., Spring Flowers Keep Pace With Warming Climate, Blooming Up to a Month Earlier (Science News, January 16, 2013)

If you are looking for a way to link literature and climate change, then this article is the perfect item for your classes. Using information contained in the writings of Thoreau and Leopold, researchers have been able to track how climate change is affecting the flowering of some plant species, and are using this data to better understand how plants are responding to a warmer planet.

A Wake-Up Call in the Fight Against Sleeping Sickness (ScienceMag; January 17, 2013)

In the 11th edition of Biology, we presented a new feature article on sleeping sickness. This article expands on that feature by presenting findings that animals may play a more significant role in the spread of the disease than previously thought. Great article for discusses of neglected tropical diseases, parasites and disease vectors.

Good Bacteria in the Intestine Prevent Diabetes, Study Suggests (Science News, January 18, 2013)

Most of the time, bacteria are not presented in a good light. In this article, researchers present findings suggesting that the bacteria in our colon may help protect against diabetes. Great article for discussions of mutalism, the digestive system, and the immune system.


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