The “Lazy” Southerner: Sloth or Anemia?

Since the postbellum period, Americans south of the Mason Dixon line have been widely stereotyped as lazy and unmotivated. Academics of the 20th century even pondered if this trope was a reflection of the genetic inferiority of southerners when compared to the “industrious” Yankees of the north. Regardless of the details, many people assumed that … More The “Lazy” Southerner: Sloth or Anemia?

MSG Myth Debunked

  Today there has been a touchy subject to people that love to go out to eat at Chinese/American restaurants but refuse to go eat at them due to the fact of one key ingredient. This keystone ingredient is called monosodium glutamate (also referred to as MSG) which is a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid … More MSG Myth Debunked

A Review of the Claire Armstrong et al. Paper

    The Claire Armstrong et al. paper entitled “Genomic associations with bill length and disease reveal drift and selection across island bird populations” contains a lot of jargon that might prove difficult for the average person to fully comprehend. Here, I will attempt to break down the key points of the paper. The goal … More A Review of the Claire Armstrong et al. Paper

Crow No!

A flock of thousands upon thousands of crows have been seen around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh over the past two years. The flock appears in late October and comfortably exploits the resources of a city ecosystem until February or March, when they move further west to find more rural places to roost … More Crow No!

Scaley Little Mammals – Delicious but Harmful?

Once thought to be an extremely contagious and disease that left people outcasted from society is leprosy. Otherwise known as Hansen’s disease, if untreated it can cause nerve damage which results in crippling of extremities. The individual may have multiple injuries due to the paralysis and the body may reabsorb fingers or toes over time. … More Scaley Little Mammals – Delicious but Harmful?