We all thought it was great when ten years ago all of a sudden our new found mp3 player could store 3000 songs. What we have always been missing is one of the biggest and most complex hard drives ever is already owned by every human alive. Our DNA has naturally stored tens to hundreds of thousands of years worth of life information, ranging from physical traits to behavioral information. In addition DNA can last for tens of thousands of years as long as it is stored in a cool dark place. This was proven by the discovery of a woolly mammoth DNA discovered previously.
Our ears are in actuality a complex mechanical device. Many other processes like sense and smell have chemical reactions involved. However, our ears are completely mechanical in process. For a complete and simple step by step process on how our ears work, please check out How Stuff Works. They have a great explanation of the various mechanical processes involved in hearing.
Have you ever wondered if something was beyond your control or felt like you were inclined to do it? Sure you have, but the logical thought process is that is just an excuse. However, maybe not, while its unlikely we will be able to start blaming all of our behaviors and actions on our genes it is becoming clearer that our behaviors may be the result of our genes. Scientists have unraveled many of the links between our genes and physical traits. However, behaviors and what drives people are more subjective and harded to quantify.
Over the course of history a majority of plants, including crops have duplicated their genome to reproduce. By duplicating their genome the plant gives two or more copies of instructions to rebuild itself. A study out of Purdue and Harvard University is starting to untangle the genetic mechanisms which allow these plants to duplicate their genome; the goal is to improve on the length of time it takes to breed crops such as banana, cotton, canola, strawberry, peanuts, wheat and many others. Current breeding program