John Rodgers

Oct. 23, 2009

Extinctions from Algae?

Many scientists attribute the world's great extinction events to major catastrophes such as asteroid strikes and massive volcanic eruptions. We'll talk with researchers exploring an alternate theory -- that massive algal blooms led to mass extinctions.

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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