A collection of 24 posts
An aardvark’s night out — and a look into its ancestry.
Nature has many ways of producing colour. Are some of them coming soon to a printer near you?
Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions?
One thousand leagues into the sea: a marine biologist’s quest for the birthplace of the freshwater eel.
We’ve been living on land for thousands of years, but we never completely left the ocean.
From Greek mythology to Turritopsis jellyfish: an investigation into immortality.
How to make a dragon in just a few (hundred million) short years
How would dragons avoid burning themselves and their habitats?
One special type of bacteria could be the key to dragonfire.
Could dragons do what no known organism has done before?
Large animals have trouble flying. How would a dragon pull it off?
Are dragons feasible? Let’s rewind evolution to find out.
It took thirteen years to first sequence our DNA. Thanks to bioinformatics, we can now do it in a week.
Plants spend all day in the sun without sunscreen. Some trees live for thousands of years. Why don’t they die from cancer?
Hot springs, colourful microbes: surviving in a world that’s unique, beautiful, and hostile
White spots are good: are you throwing away a perfectly good cheese?
Are we basically two people at once?
Nobody’s found signs of alien life yet. So why do they keep on looking?
They talk about Life on other planets, but have we even seen the limits of life here on Earth?
Will the leguminous Prince find her? And what root will he take?
Some organisms never quite worked out how to live with it. This is the story of where they went.
The little creatures that rule the world.
When you lose focus, what do your eyes focus on?
Carbon is not alive. But without carbon, there would be no life at all.