Watch Becoming California tonight
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Watch Becoming California tonight

Tonight on KQED, the California Legacy Project presents Becoming California, a inspiring look at our relationship with nature in our ever-changing state. It is a two-hour documentary, narrated by Jane Fonda, that explores both the urban and wild environment. The film includes spectacular footage of the redwoods and shows a window into my fern research on … Continue reading

Caffeine Evolution
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Caffeine Evolution

This week, we learned from scientists at the University of Buffalo that caffeine evolved independently in coffee plants, meaning it didn’t likely share a caffeine-producing common ancestor with tea or chocolate plants. A miracle like caffeine evolving more than once, how’d we get so lucky?! Researchers mapped the genome of Coffee canephora and found that genes … Continue reading