Saturday, May 18, 2013

Science Saturday 4.5: Breast Cancer, Bees, & More


Today's post is going to be short and sweet, since I am away on vacation...my little brother is graduating from college this weekend! Yay, family time :)

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The big news of the week was Angelina Jolie's op-ed piece about her double mastectomy. In doing so, she has helped open up the dialogue about of the genetic factors contributing to the development of different types of cancer. Here is a great write up about the history of our understanding of the BRCA1 mutation.

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Have you heard about the Mars One project? The team plans to send colonization supplies to Mars by 2016, and to have settlers land by 2023. Apparently, over 20,000 people have applied to be part of the crew. The catch? This is a one-way mission.

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I've never been a fan of math, even though math and biology run hand in hand. Here is a great write up explaining why bees choose to build their honeycombs in perfectly hexagonal shaped cells (read the linked article first, then watch the video below!).

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