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25

Jan

Harry Potter wizarding genetics decodedA biology student at the University of Delaware explains how magic is inherited in a six-page paper she shared with J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter wizarding genetics decoded
A biology student at the University of Delaware explains how magic is inherited in a six-page paper she shared with J.K. Rowling.

10

Jan

J.K. Rowling lands on list of ‘most valuable living autographs’'Harry Potter' author and philanthropist moves ahead of Madonna and Ringo Starr for 2014's most sought-after signatures.

J.K. Rowling lands on list of ‘most valuable living autographs’
'Harry Potter' author and philanthropist moves ahead of Madonna and Ringo Starr for 2014's most sought-after signatures.

18

Dec

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?
A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

09

Dec

Snowy owls shot and killed at JFK airportThe Port Authority recently ordered workers at JFK International Airport to shoot and kill snowy owls spotted there. The agency issued the order after an owl flew into the engine of a plane on the New York airport’s tarmac last week. On Dec. 7, JFK workers shot 2 snowy owls with a shotgun.
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Snowy owls shot and killed at JFK airport
The Port Authority recently ordered workers at JFK International Airport to shoot and kill snowy owls spotted there.
 
The agency issued the order after an owl flew into the engine of a plane on the New York airport’s tarmac last week.
 
On Dec. 7, JFK workers shot 2 snowy owls with a shotgun.

Read more.

02

Dec

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Harry Potter wizarding genetics decoded
A biology student at the University of Delaware explains how magic is inherited in a 6-page paper she shared with J.K. Rowling.

hpinsults:

Harry Potter wizarding genetics decoded

A biology student at the University of Delaware explains how magic is inherited in a 6-page paper she shared with J.K. Rowling.

20

Nov

Harry Potter stamps irk USPS advisory panelThe United States Postal Service hopes the stamps will work some magic on the cash-strapped agency, but critics say they’re un-American.

Harry Potter stamps irk USPS advisory panel
The United States Postal Service hopes the stamps will work some magic on the cash-strapped agency, but critics say they’re un-American.

23

Sep

Ring-bearing owl fails to deliver couple’s wedding bandsDarcy the barn owl was supposed to fly the rings to the altar, but she took to the rafters and fell asleep instead. Perhaps Darcy only makes deliveries on behalf of Hogwarts.

Ring-bearing owl fails to deliver couple’s wedding bands
Darcy the barn owl was supposed to fly the rings to the altar, but she took to the rafters and fell asleep instead. Perhaps Darcy only makes deliveries on behalf of Hogwarts.

13

Sep

J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter-inspired movie franchiseThe series of spin-off films will be based on Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the Hogwarts textbook ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
Our movie predictions: dragons, young Dumbledore cameo and AWESOMENESS.

J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter-inspired movie franchise
The series of spin-off films will be based on Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the Hogwarts textbook ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’

Our movie predictions: dragons, young Dumbledore cameo and AWESOMENESS.

16

Aug

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?
A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

24

Jul

In honor of Daniel Radcliffe’s 24th birthday, here’s an interesting look at wizard genetics.
If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says, how can a wizard be born to muggle parents? And how can there be squibs? It seems these baffling genetic questions have finally been answered, thanks to Andrea Klenotiz, a biology student at the University of Delaware. In a six-page paper, which she sent to Rowling, Klenotiz outlines how the wizarding gene works and even explains why some witches and wizards are more powerful than others. "Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance," Klenotiz explains. What does this mean? Read more to find out.

In honor of Daniel Radcliffe’s 24th birthday, here’s an interesting look at wizard genetics.

If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says, how can a wizard be born to muggle parents? And how can there be squibs?
 
It seems these baffling genetic questions have finally been answered, thanks to Andrea Klenotiz, a biology student at the University of Delaware.
 
In a six-page paper, which she sent to Rowling, Klenotiz outlines how the wizarding gene works and even explains why some witches and wizards are more powerful than others.
 
"Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance," Klenotiz explains.
 
What does this mean? Read more to find out.