The Duck-Billed Platypus Is Weirder Than You Thought
Learn about what researchers found when they sequenced the bizarre duck-billed platypus genome; a trick for unlocking your creativity; and the strange reasons for job-specific voices, like those of pilots, newscasters, and poets.
The duck-billed platypus genome was just sequenced, and it’s a doozy by Grant Currin
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- Zhou, Y., Shearwin-Whyatt, L., Li, J., Song, Z., Hayakawa, T., Stevens, D., Fenelon, J. C., Peel, E., Cheng, Y., Pajpach, F., Bradley, N., Suzuki, H., Nikaido, M., Damas, J., Daish, T., Perry, T., Zhu, Z., Geng, Y., Rhie, A., & Sims, Y. (2021). Platypus and echidna genomes reveal mammalian biology and evolution. Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-03039-0
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To Unlock Creativity, Brainstorm and Then Step Away by Sonja Hodgen
- Molly Dannenmaier-UT Austin. (2019, March 25). To unlock creativity, you need to step away – Futurity. Futurity. https://www.futurity.org/creativity-incubation-period-2017292-2/
- Kachelmeier, S. J., Wang, L. W., & Williamson, M. G. (2018). Incentivizing the Creative Process: From Initial Quantity to Eventual Creativity. The Accounting Review, 94(2), 249–266. https://doi.org/10.2308/accr-52196
The Strange Reasons for Pilot Voice, Newscaster Voice, and Poet Voice originally aired June 5, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/gluten-free-labels-the-fbi-s-most-viewed-file-and
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