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Gene Swapping via Sperm Absorption of DNA

A couple of interesting ways that cells swap genetic material, and a mention of how artificial sweeteners make you fatter via changes to your gut bacteria. Genes move more easily than most folks realize, and interspecies hybrids are not that hard to make. Continue reading

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Species formation via inter-species hybrids

A new example of species crosses leading to a new species, and some retrospection on other cases with wheat and cabbages. Continue reading

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Plant based arthritis treatment for dogs

An interesting study in dogs with herbal treatments for arthritis and a reminder of prior work in fats and health. Continue reading

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If we evolved in the ocean, why do we have more K than Na in our biochemistry?

If life evolved in our ocean, with a Na / K ratio of 1 : 0.37, why do we have a ratio of 1 : 1.6 in our cells? Why did we evolve a metabolism that spends a lot of energy pumping Na against K to maintain that ratio? Something doesn’t quite fit. Continue reading

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Hexagon on Earth?

It looks like polar hexagons are a consequence of a polar projection of close packed cyclones at just the right aspect ratio such that curves on the surface become lines in projection. At least, that’s the Smith Theory Of Planetary Hexagons… Continue reading

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