Category Archives: Biology

Constant as the Northern Star

Some species struggle to adapt to climate change Change is afoot. Climate patterns across the globe are shifting as the planet steadily warms. That climate change is occurring is largely a settled issue in the scientific community. The debate has … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather

As we learn in our earliest playground adventures, cheaters are out there trying to exploit the labor of others.  Cheaters want to prosper, and sometimes they do.  For every Bernard Madoff languishing in prison, there could be another languishing in … Continue reading

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Leave Them Alone and They’ll Come Home

Humanity leaves a great deal of collateral damage in its wake.  From Fukushima Daiichi to climate change, destruction is often the common denominator of our footprints.  With extinctions on the rise and ecological communities threatened from the Arctic to the … Continue reading

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Panda-monium

In their hilarious book The Animal Review: the Genius, Mediocrity, and Breathtaking Stupidity that is Nature, authors Jacob Lentz and Steve Nash assign grades to selected members of the animal kingdom. Great white sharks (“Nature’s perfect killing machines”) get an … Continue reading

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Destination Unknown

Life on Earth evolves (changes) in response to a variety natural forces.  These forces that can drive long-term evolution in species are numerous (and still being worked out by biologists).  For the record, the most well-known and controversial of them … Continue reading

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Civil Defense

“My sentence is for open War.” John Milton, Paradise Lost (Book II, Line 51) Most termites, like ants and bees, live in strict caste-based societies of closely-related individuals.  Tasks like reproduction, work, and colony defense are divided among relatives within a strict … Continue reading

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Feed Me

Biology is awesome. Just look at this photograph! On top is a reed warbler (probably the Eurasian reed warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus) dutifully bringing food to its nest for its offspring. The hungry recipient is obviously not a reed warbler. It … Continue reading

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