All posts by Betul Kacar

  • Teaching evolution in Turkey

    A cross between Wayne Manor, a Napa Valley vineyard, a calculus-obsessed kibbutz and a British collegiate faculty lounge, somebody (Ali Nesin) actually built the math classroom that your math teacher dreamed about while you were taking your weekly quizzes in high school. You couldn’t ask for a more lovely setting to explore the methods and
  • DARWIN: Scientist. Naturalist. Serious to do list.

    Evolution is referred as the “e-word” in the south… As heart breaking as this may be, it also reflects a reality that us, scientists and educators face on a daily basis. For this particular reason, I am enjoying the bilboards and public transportation vehicles carrying around
  • Primordial Weather Report: Hot, Acidic

    Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction methodology allows us to create ancient life in the laboratory. It’s a neat tool, that combines synthetic biology with bioinformatics in a very unique way. We can analyse and listen to the story of these ancient molecules and then use these stories to understand conditions that hosted ancient life. Here is a recent
  • Astrobiology Primer

    Collaboration among scientists with expertise in various fields is a requirement for astrobiology’s breadth and interdisciplinarity. For example, it would not be unusual for experts in evolutionary biology, ecology, geochemistry and biochemistry to work together on an astrobiology research project. This blog