Brittney Borowiec

Environmental Physiology

McMaster 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

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.

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

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

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'

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

Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout

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Chernobyl's nuclear disaster reveals the unpredictability of evolution

Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Animals are adapting to pollutants in surprising and often costly ways

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

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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Who owns your cells?

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Property rights get messy when DNA is involved

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