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Researchers use Facebook to analyze tornado debris

Brustad-Knox-Tornado-Debris-ResearchSocial media has enabled the tracking and analysis of tornado debris by researchers in the department of geography:

After tornadoes touched down in the Southeast on April 27, 2011, many people in the storm's path did the most logical thing they could-they posted images of the aftermath on Facebook.

The University of Georgia's John Knox and his student researchers went one step further. They used...

This is a big discovery:

University of Georgia researchers discovered important genetic clues about the history of microorganisms called archaea and the origins of life itself in the first ever study of its kind. Results of their study shed light on one of Earth's oldest life forms.

"Archaea are an ancient form of microorganisms, so everything we can learn about them could help us to answer questions about the origin of life," said William Whitman, a...

Capuchin monkey tool use provides clues

The breadth of research in psychology is not limited to humans but reaches into questions about how all creatures learn about the world:

A new study from University of Georgia behavioral scientists reports that bearded capuchin monkeys, Sapajus libidinosus, are skilled at solving problems associated with using tools. The monkeys, like humans, use their bodies to learn about the world, according to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on Feb. 27.


Origins of Biomolecules

The Origins Lecture Series continues this week, with the Origins of Biomolecules by Claiborme Glover of biochemistry and molecular biology:

This lecture will explore the physical and chemical origins of biomolecules prior to the origin of life.  We will focus first on the "Bio" (the likely nature of the first living thing); second, on the "Molecules" (the organic compounds of which that first living thing was composed), and third, on the "Origins" of those molecules (how were they synthesized...