Before we meet, I phone identical twins Paula and Bridgette Powers at the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue refuge on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The woman who answers doesn't offer a name, so I ask if I'm speaking to Paula or Bridgette. "Yes," says the woman, waiting for me to continue.
It's only when we get together that the aptness of that response sinks in. Because although the twins – or "twinnies" as they prefer – are clearly two people, they give the eerie impression of being completely interchangeable.
Semi-identical twins — a boy and girl who are identical on their mother’s side but share only 78% of their father’s genome — have been identified in Brisbane, Australia. This is only the second known case, ever. From the BBC: “The mother’s ultrasound at six weeks showed a single placenta and positioning of amniotic sacs […]
Unlike the unquestioned effectiveness of a solid strip of duct tape, you never quite know what you’re going to get when you try to repair something with glue, do you? Whether it’s the material itself that you’re gluing or how much glue you apply or how long you let it sit before testing, there’s always […]
Now that we’re past July 4th, we’re truly turning smack into the sharpened teeth of the summer heatwave season. As temperatures and humidity spike, it just makes all the rest of the nation’s current problems that just tiniest bit more irritating, doesn’t it? Hey, we’re all in this together. So if we can help chill […]
While we obviously don’t ever want to lose sight of exactly why we’re all wearing face coverings now in the first place, it’s also impossible to ignore that masks have already started to evolve in the public consciousness. The mask started as simply a means of combating infection. Then, it became an avenue of free […]