Noise pollution is becoming (ok, already is) a problem in cities. Traffic, construction, people yelling: you name it, it’s probably noisy. Cities aren’t the only places where humans make noise, though. Even in more rural areas, industrial projects, airports, oilfields, etc. raise quite a racket. Continue reading “Singin’ in the prairie”
Something cool is going on in the nematode worm Auanema rhodensis! Nematodes are tiny (0.1 – 2.5mm) roundworms that are found pretty much everywhere, many species of which are parasitic. The popular research species C. elegans (pictured below) is also a nematode, for reference. Continue reading “Meiosis, modulated”
J.B.S. Haldane once remarked that if there is a creator, they must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. Hundreds of thousands of beetle species have been named; by contrast, there are only about 60,000 described species of vertebrates*. Naturally, the sheer number and diversity of beetles out there is of great interest to biologists.
Evolution. We’re all pretty familiar with it. Even so, when we boil down to specifics, things can get hairy. Part of that might be because when talking about evolution, words we know well in English actually mean something else in… Biologish. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Drones are being used more and more to study hard-to-record behaviour in elusive animals. Recently footage emerged of narwhals wagging their tusks from side to side in an (apparent) attempt to stun prey. Continue reading “Introducing: Narwhals, the fish stunners”
We love flowers! Then again, who doesn’t?
It’s August 1st guys, and a kind of special birthday: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s (1744)! Continue reading “#BornOnThisDay: Lamarck”
Meiotic drive is something thing that happens in the gametes of all walks of life, from itty bitty fungi to plants and animals. Continue reading “wtf: a meiotic drive tragedy in 3 acts”