As medicine continues to evolve, we are constantly striving to ask better questions. Sometimes the best answers to those questions are found in the strangest animals…

The jerboa sort of looks like the odd, furry, miniature cousin of the T-Rex. But this peculiar little animal is helping us answer questions about the scaffolding that all of our bodies are built on.

Dr. Kim Cooper, in her UC San Diego lab, is studying jerboas to understand how these strange creatures grow and mature. Their unique body structures allow us to look closely at how bone growth occurs, and can lead us to potential treatments in humans.

SciFri takes us to the Cooper Lab to explore the strange morphology of the jerboa and the fascinating questions they are answering…

Via: SciFri 1

Beyond the Jerboa…

Innovation lies in asking the better question, the question that very often seems to be right outside the realm of possibility.

Our understanding of the world around us lies not in segregating our bodies of knowledge, but in opening them up to connection. The more we take elements from different fields of study and put them together, the broader our knowledge base becomes.

5 minutes

Incredible Crystal Nanoflowers

What happens when Harvard scientists begin to create microscopic gardens of "flowers"? The incredible project behind these beautiful images is a combination of art and science that speaks to the possibility unleashed when these two disciplines collide!

Read More

Finally, a successful future lies in realizing that each of us has the potential to be the bridge between fields. Our own expertise in one field does not have to overshadow our passion for another. Rather, we become better scientists, artists, poets, politicians, and philosophers when we are able to look at an interconnected world and ask the questions nobody has thought to ask.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

WANT TO SEE MORE POSITIVE NEWS, FUN, OR INSIGHTS?

Head to our homepage to check out our latest articles, circles, and archives! Even better, subscribe below to receive the latest from EWC right to your inbox!

Or just scroll down to the bottom of this page where you’ll find a few more incredible articles like this one!

Notes:

  1. “Jump In Jerboas.” YouTube. SciFri, 22 Dec. 2015. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuM8kqayIrY>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

In this Circle

Need to Solve a Problem? Turn to Nature!

7 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The natural world is a remarkable problem solver. So, why aren't we turning to nature to find more answers to our complex problems? Here's how biomimicry is helping us build a better future!
Read More

Artificial Intelligence Meets Black Soldier Flies and Farming!

15 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

When it comes to saving the resources of our planet, we are all hoping for the next big idea to come along. Well, this one involves a very tiny creature that brings an amazing resume to the task. Let's meet them!
Read More

Here’s How Seizure Detecting Dogs are Changing People’s Lives

11 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Can dogs really be life-savers? Meet the dogs that are helping their owners detect seizures up to 45 minutes before they occur! It's a fascinating story. These pups are making life safer and easier for people who suffer from seizures.
Read More

Meet the Planet’s Most Remarkable Engineers

7 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Imagine a world of natural air conditioning, vertical farming, and sky scrapers that rival our tallest buildings. You don't have to travel to the future to see any of this, all you have to do is turn to the insect world!
Read More

A Second Chance for Abandoned Animals and Inmates

11 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Here's a great example of the kinds of stories the nightly news could be bringing us, instead of all the doom and gloom. Another thought-leaders - the Monroe County Jail - teaches us about possibility.
Read More

Sheepdogs: the Brilliant Relationship of Man and Dog

24 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The relationship between man and dog is a unique part of our shared evolutionary history. Here's a look at beautiful way they continue to fit into that history from many perspectives...
Read More

Replacing DEET with Ducks?

5 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

With help from our friends, we could waddle our way into a healthier future! Lets see how this is happening in parts of our world today...
Read More

Say Hello Best Way to Get Around in the Snow

15 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Think you know all you need to know about dog sledding? Our relationship with these pups has altered history and has been one of the most unfailing and versatile forms of transportation for thousands of years. Here are a few fascinating stories...
Read More

The Planet’s Unsung Hero, the Dung Beetle

11 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

There's a remarkable reason why there is not dung everywhere in our world. Think about it: the multitudes of creatures on this planet produce a lot of waste! So, what happens to all of it? Well, let us introduce you to one of the planet's greatest unsung heroes, the dung beetle! Get ready to be astonished.
Read More

Unearthing the DNA of the Jungle with Leeches

7 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

How can leeches help biologist study remote ecosystems? It turns out researchers can use these often overlooked creatures to learn about species hidden from view! Here's the fascinating story.
Read More

Using Bird Vomit to Uncover History!

9 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

How can owl pellets help us make conservation decisions? It turns out a little bit of gross science can have a big impact! And it's actually pretty cool!
Read More

You Should Really Thank the Fruit Flies

6 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Would you believe that your genes are super similar to a fruit fly's? They've been helping us discover our own bodies for years, here's how...
Read More

What Ants Can Teach Us About Problem-Solving

18 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Did you know that there is FAR more to the ant/human relationship than painful bites? Turns out, weaver ants have been used for centuries to help farmers protect their crops! And better yet, these remarkable problem-solvers have some tips that can teach us all about our own lives.
Read More

How a Tiny Creature Makes Us Ask Better Questions…

6 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The jerboa may look like the tiny rodent cousin of the t-rex, but the skeletons of these strange creatures are helping us answer questions with major implications in medicine.
Read More

So, What’s a Food Forest?

22 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

There's something growing on the South Coast of New Zealand that could change our lives. Check it out!
Read More

Explore Joy, Wonder, and Insight in an Unexpected Package: Goats!

17 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Let's get to know an animal with fascinating adaptations for survival and 10,000-year history beside us! We're going to investigate the world of these split-hooved, 280-degree peering creatures. Join us for a pajama party, a look into what makes a goat a living marvel, and how they can help us innovate!
Read More

Meet the Rescue Dogs Saving the Environment!

7 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Rescue dogs are now becoming conservation superheroes too! Meet the pups getting a new life at the forefront of saving ecosystems, anti-poaching, and amazing conservation efforts.
Read More