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Wes Dingman

Training our domestic animals to cooperate with us has been an age old practice. But cooperating with untrained and unshackled wild animals is a much rarer phenomenon. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Aside from human impacts on climate, the Earth’s climate for the past million years seems to have been driven largely by both the so-called Milankovitch cycles and the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide induced by these cycles. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

In August’s column I reviewed the policies promoted by the six minor political parties that exist in this country more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Political parties, that is. Unfortunately the two major parties tend to be focused on pandering to the big businesses and corporations, often by promoting legislation de-regulating these industries. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Humans, because of our numbers and because of our mobility, have become the reservoirs and victims of many devastating diseases. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

First the facts: More than in many countries, people in this country often seem to have difficulty dealing with the topic of sex in a rational manner. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Most evolutionary changes have taken place in tiny steps, because the testing of small changes in form or function for survivability in a particular environment by means of natural selection is often terribly slow. more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

My dictionary defines wilderness as any significantly large, uncultivated, and uninhabited (by humans) region on Earth. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

The journey from basic research in biological science to the arrival of new and beneficial medical interventions is often long and convoluted. more

Mar 2, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

The word ‘autophagy’ simply means consuming one’s self. It may sound gross but it has proven to be a highly important process for preserving our health. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Lawrence OP via Creative Commons

The human population continues to expand, not as rapidly as during the Twentieth Century, but still rapidly enough to generate significant concern about how we’ll feed, not only the more than 9 billion of us expected by 2050, but also... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Arguments between those who would like to see more of our terrestrial and marine natural areas preserved and those who believe that jobs and propping up our faltering economy should be our chief priorities... more

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 2 Comments

As it stands today the term “GMO” has come to mean any organism, most often a fruit, vegetable, or grain that has been genetically modified by means the newer techniques used in genetic engineering. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

In general, we humans remain quite naïve regarding the potential outcomes of our large scale pollution of air, water and soil, and of our similarly large scale destruction of our forests and consumption of Earth’s resources. more

Oct 21, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

Flies are different from many other insects in having only two wings, and they have been generally despised by humans both because of their attraction to dead flesh and because of the knowledge that some may be carriers of disease. more

Sep 2, 2015 12:07 PM Special Interest Columns

Proteins (like other biologically important large molecules) are large molecules assembled from smaller units. more

Aug 5, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Training our domestic animals to cooperate with us has been an age old practice. But cooperating with untrained and unshackled wild animals is a much rarer phenomenon. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Aside from human impacts on climate, the Earth’s climate for the past million years seems to have been driven largely by both the so-called Milankovitch cycles and the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide induced by these cycles. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

In August’s column I reviewed the policies promoted by the six minor political parties that exist in this country more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Political parties, that is. Unfortunately the two major parties tend to be focused on pandering to the big businesses and corporations, often by promoting legislation de-regulating these industries. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Humans, because of our numbers and because of our mobility, have become the reservoirs and victims of many devastating diseases. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

First the facts: More than in many countries, people in this country often seem to have difficulty dealing with the topic of sex in a rational manner. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Most evolutionary changes have taken place in tiny steps, because the testing of small changes in form or function for survivability in a particular environment by means of natural selection is often terribly slow. more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

My dictionary defines wilderness as any significantly large, uncultivated, and uninhabited (by humans) region on Earth. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

The journey from basic research in biological science to the arrival of new and beneficial medical interventions is often long and convoluted. more

Mar 2, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

The word ‘autophagy’ simply means consuming one’s self. It may sound gross but it has proven to be a highly important process for preserving our health. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

VN_FamiliesFirstThanksgivin.jpg

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Lawrence OP via Creative Commons

The human population continues to expand, not as rapidly as during the Twentieth Century, but still rapidly enough to generate significant concern about how we’ll feed, not only the more than 9 billion of us expected by 2050, but also... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

Arguments between those who would like to see more of our terrestrial and marine natural areas preserved and those who believe that jobs and propping up our faltering economy should be our chief priorities... more

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns 2 Comments

As it stands today the term “GMO” has come to mean any organism, most often a fruit, vegetable, or grain that has been genetically modified by means the newer techniques used in genetic engineering. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Special Interest Columns

In general, we humans remain quite naïve regarding the potential outcomes of our large scale pollution of air, water and soil, and of our similarly large scale destruction of our forests and consumption of Earth’s resources. more

Oct 21, 2015 12:09 PM Special Interest Columns

Flies are different from many other insects in having only two wings, and they have been generally despised by humans both because of their attraction to dead flesh and because of the knowledge that some may be carriers of disease. more

Sep 2, 2015 12:07 PM Special Interest Columns

Proteins (like other biologically important large molecules) are large molecules assembled from smaller units. more

Aug 5, 2015 12:00 PM Special Interest Columns

In a previous column I wrote about some research with a very small worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, which has proven extremely valuable in helping us discover some of the intricacies in the development and physiology of higher organisms. more

Jun 24, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Mosaics exist in places other than on the retaining walls of Main Street in North Creek and in architectural decorations found in buildings and monuments throughout the world. more

May 27, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Studies of the prevailing psychologies of different cultures have been ongoing for the last few decades. more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Three recent research articles support the notion that some tiny animals, evolutionarily much older than we humans, nevertheless possess brains with some of the same capabilities and chemical activities as our own brains. more

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

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