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Brittney Borowiec

Comparative Physiology

Wilfrid Laurier University

Brittney has authored 14 articles

Meet mathematician Emmy Noether, mother of the most beautiful theorem in the world

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She worked out a kink in general relativity and kickstarted the field of abstract algebra

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How does an electric fish get its charge?

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An accidental genome duplication (or two) created the highest frequency electrical discharge known in animals.

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The weird and wonderful world of fish

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A new book tells tales of the life aquatic

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How to stop catfish from foisting their babies on you

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Fish don’t have a reputation for smarts, but species that co-evolved with catfish know to avoid them

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Tracking the history – and future – of the world's largest penguin breeding colony

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Climate change is upending migration patterns that predate Cleopatra

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Four facts about Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, and activist

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Her unorthodox research showed us that chimpanzees are far more human than we thought

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Meet Vera Rubin, the stargazer who predicted dark matter

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From childhood, she preferred 'to stay up and watch the stars than go to sleep'

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Life on the savanna is a duel between agility and strength

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Survival of the fittest evolves in the genes

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Chameleons do more than change color – their bones glow in the dark

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Famous for camouflage, their visual communication turns out to run even deeper

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Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout

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Chernobyl's nuclear disaster reveals the unpredictability of evolution

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Animals are adapting to pollutants in surprising and often costly ways

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When you smell the roses, do they smell you back?

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Scientists have found that plants like Canada goldenrod deploy defenses against insects on scent

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Goldfish can survive without oxygen for months by basically getting drunk

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"It's bizarre to see this kind of enzyme in anything with a face"

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Why the first vertebrates to leave the ocean learned to see before they could walk

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Advanced eyesight might have paved the way for better brains and complex thought

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Unhatched turtle embryos can shape their own sexual destinies

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By moving to cooler areas inside the egg, turtle embryos can influence their own sex, and maybe ward off climate change too

Cats are like tiny, judgmental camels

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Hailing from the desert, cats sneer in the face of heatwaves

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With inspiration from shark skin, redesigned oil tanker hulls could keep the oceans clean

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Safer oil transport through stronger hulls and bio-inspired designs

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Who owns your cells?

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Property rights get messy when DNA is involved

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