‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’: Basic Transmission Genetics

Genetic transmission is the mechanism that drives evolution. DNA encodes all the information necessary to make an organism. Every organism’s DNA is made of the same basic parts, arranged in different orders. DNA is divided into chromosomes, or groups of genes, which code for proteins. Asexually reproducing organisms reproduce using mitosis, while sexually reproducing organisms[…]

How We Communicate: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

    One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This introduces you to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. Dr. Bloom also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages[…]

History of the Soviet Union, 1956-1961: Scientific Communities to War Films

Sputnik 1, first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957 / Photo from the Science Museum, London By Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum / 09.24.2015 Professor of Russian and European History Michigan State University Akaderngorodok   Left: Morskoi Prospect today / Wikimedia Commons Right: Academician Mikhail Alekseevich Lavrentiev / From Akaderngorodok: Town of Science[…]

The 19th-Century Genealogist Who Claimed George Washington was a Descendant of Odin

Replica of the Gokstad Viking ship complete with the Stars and Stripes proudly flying, featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893 / Library of Congress A bizarre and fanciful piece of genealogical scholarship and what it tells us about identity in late 19th-century America. By Dr. Yvonne Seal / 02.08.2017 Assistant Professor[…]

Roman Imperial Cult Statues

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus: head covered, wearing the toga and calcei patricii (shoes reserved for Patricians), he extends his right arm to pour a libation; a cupsa (container for officiel documents) lies at his feet. Greek marble (arms and head) and Italic marble (body), c.90-100 CE / Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, National Museum of Rome[…]

Real Love is a Choice

By Seth Adam Smith / 02.09.2017 Is There Such a Thing as a Fairy Tale Ending? My wife and I have known each other since high school but didn’t date until much later. We had only dated a couple of weeks before we realized that we were madly in love and wanted to get married. I[…]