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  • Genes and Cuisines that Reign Supreme

    Posted 02/08/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Join Dr. Nicole Garneau of the Genetics of Taste research team at the lunchtime lecture: Genes and Cuisines that Reign Supreme. The lecture will be held next Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, in the Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dr. Garneau will be joined by two very s…
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  • Snowy Day at the Museum

    Posted 02/08/2011 by Richard Busch | Comments
    So much for an exciting first blog post.  Its still snowing outside a bit.  No Volunters today, so its just a staff workday here...  Got the Kick-off email out to all the participants in the IMLS Synthesis Project. Have a Curatorial Review Commitee Meeting here at 2pm.  That's w…
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  • Cool Science - Lice Need New Clothes

    Posted 02/04/2011 by John Demboski | Comments
    A new, very cool paper by some colleagues of mine, David Reed (Curator of Mammals, U Florida) and Jessica Light (Curator of Mammals, Texas A&M) and co-authors, suggests that humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. How did they figure that o…
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  • Lab News - Chipmunk Hanky Panky

    Posted 02/02/2011 by John Demboski | Comments
    INTROGRESSION AT DIFFERENTIALLY AGED HYBRID ZONES IN RED-TAILED CHIPMUNKS The latest paper on chipmunk hybridization genetics in the Northern Rockies published in Genetica.  Research supported by the National Science Foundation.
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  • Cool Science - Nabokov's Butterflies

    Posted 02/02/2011 by John Demboski | Comments
    NY Times article on the Nabokov's butterflies.......or to put it another way, the power of phylogenies. A link to the  full-blown scientific article. Many people may have heard Nabokov referenced in the Police song "Don't Stand So Close To Me".  Suffice to say the reference wasn't abo…
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  • Year of the Rabbit

    Posted 02/01/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    What is Chinese New Year? Culture Lab explores this question at two public events in Denver: a festival at the University of Denver (organized by Denver Chinese School, in partnership with over 20 other Asian American organizations) and at the Southridge Chinese New Year celebration (sponsored by Gr…
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  • Chasing Margaret Mead's Ghost (Part II)

    Posted 01/25/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Continued from Part I ... If you had lived in London or Denver, say around 1860, culture had just one meaning. Culture meant to be cultured; it implied to be civilized in the terms of upper class Western Europe, contrasted to savagery and barbarism. "Whether in the humanist or the evolutionist sen…
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  • Chasing Margaret Mead's Ghost (Part I)

    Posted 01/25/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Several months ago, late into the night, I was flipping channels. When I arrived at the Travel Chanel, I paused to watch No Reservations. The food writer Anthony Bourdain was sitting in a fast food stall, hovering over a mound of deep fried chicken and French fries. Across from him was a woman cov…
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  • Blue Tongue Blog Migration

    Posted 01/25/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    The team on the Genetics of Taste project has been keeping a blog, called the "Blue Tongue Blog" for just over a year now. With the addition of our new lab page, we have the ability to blog right on our wesbite through the "Research Updates" feature on the right side of the page. Here you can find …
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  • Poop theft frozen in time

    Posted 01/12/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Have you ever thought about stealing poop? In the tropics, particularly in Africa, a whole group of dung beetles, the kleptoparasites, have specialized in stealing poop from other dung beetles. In some parts of the African savanna, the poop thieves are the most abundant group of dung beetle wh…
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