Wes Dingman

An unusual fly | Notes from Planet Earth

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

Gazing at your dog | Notes from Planet Earth

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

Mosaic Organisms | Notes from Planet Earth

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

Culture & agriculture | Notes from Planet Earth

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

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Tiny Brains Are Not Simple Brains | Notes from Planet Earth

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

Preserving large carnivores | Notes from Planet Earth

Seventy-six European conservation scientists from twenty-five countries have recently pooled their efforts and reported that the numbers of lynx, wolves, brown bears, and wolverines living in various regions of Europe (exclusive of the British Isles, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) have stabilized and begun to increase in number. more »

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Manna from Heaven? | Notes from Planet Earth

Well, not really, ‘Money from Mars’ would be closer to the truth. more »

Jan 1, 2015 12:00 PM Opinions

Knockout humans | Notes from Planet Earth

In genetic research, animals with “knocked out” genes have been extremely valuable. more »

Dec 4, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Two philosophies and a hope | Notes from Planet Earth

As a nation, we appear to be struggling as to which of two competing, yet often compelling, philosophies we will follow as we head into the future. more »

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

The charm of crystals | Notes from Planet Earth

Few children can hold a crystal in their hand and not be fascinated. more »

Oct 2, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Mammals, males and monogamy | Notes from Planet Earth

In the course of developing research projects biologists often ask themselves questions and their questions are frequently concerned with energetics. more »

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Capacity of our senses | Notes from Planet Earth

The tremendous capacity of our senses to discriminate what’s going on around us is not often something we take the time to think about. more »

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Three-parent children | Notes from Planet Earth

It is now possible for a child to have three parents: One parent, a male, contributing half of a full nuclear genome via a sperm by means of in vitro fertilization, the second parent, a female, contributing the other half of a full nuclear genome using just the cell nucleus from one of her egg cells more »

Jul 3, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

The Elixir of youth | Notes from Planet Earth

Ponce de León may have been born 500 years too soon if some of the recent research in mice is confirmed and holds true for humans as well. more »

Jun 12, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Crafty parasites | Notes from Planet Earth

Our general understanding of parasites is that they are generally small organisms that infect specific animals or plants. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Glacial/interglacial cycles | Notes from Planet Earth

Glacial/interglacial cycles, at least those that have occurred over the past million years, have been considered to be largely the result of the natural increases and declines in solar radiation striking the higher latitudes on Earth (those regions closer to the North and South Poles). more »

Feb 27, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Personhood for Chimps? | Notes from the Planet Earth

Recently filed lawsuits, in three New York counties, have the potential to interrupt a variety of biomedical research programs. more »

Jan 30, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Cooperators and Defectors | Notes from Planet Earth

Cooperation among individuals in human societies is well known. more »

Jan 2, 2014 12:00 PM Opinions

Does Capitalism Have a Nature? | Notes from Planet Earth

In my June 2012 column I asked “Does Capitalism Have a Nature?” because, if it did, perhaps it might be mutable just as are other forms of life. more »

Dec 5, 2013 12:00 PM Opinions

Built with Metro Publisher™

Top Headlines