Terrestrial fleas descended from plant-sucking scorpionflies to dine on ascendant amniotes. Tiny aquatic crustaceans begat water fleas.
A mass extinction event is well underway, propagated by a burgeoning human population which has raped Nature with technological marvels in the name of ‘progress’.
2020 will mostly be remembered as the year of the covid-19 pandemic, but so much more served as a harbinger of the doom which lies ahead.
Spiders don’t have ears. They listen through their legs.
The stability of energetic structures from the quantum level on up exemplify the coherence with which existence is fabricated.
In the community that comprises a multicellular organism, dying gracefully is a dignified last task. Knowing that their life is ending, cells request their replacement.
Dogs serve as an adjunct to policing, their employment reflecting the morals of their masters.
Pinyin, a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine for lung congestion, knows when to hide itself. In doing so the miracle of adaptation is revealed.
Gas comprises over 75% of the detectable matter in the universe. As the universe supposedly expands, conventional astrophysics theory figures the gas ought to cool down. Instead, it’s getting hotter, according to the latest guesstimate.
The first creatures to evolve on land, insects have a crucial presence on Earth. Their passing presages our own doom.
Cyclones are lasting longer on land and accelerating global warming.
The language of cellular activity is written in glycans.
The root of all problems in software, including obstacles to stronger AI, stem from the language used. The solution, invented over 30 years ago, has been an inadvertent secret.
Some snakes can see in the dark.
Overfishing typifies the capitalist approach to natural resources: exploit until exhaustion. Governments subsidize the effort.
Nature produces many wonders. One is the diabolical ironclad beetle, which is a little 6-legged tank.
Climate change befell and extinguished ancestors of humanity.
Glass lacks the molecular coherence which characterizes crystals. Despite this, glass possesses surprising strength and rigidity because of a secret skeleton.
Sound is the mechanical propagation of vibrational waves from the jostle of atoms. From a physiological and psychological standpoint, sound is the sensation of such waves in an audible frequency range.
Filamentous fungi grow by hyphal branching and extension, creating networks which serve as highways for motile soil bacteria on the go. But the bacteria must pay a toll for traveling fungal roads.
The world’s largest river basin, Amazonia once had half of the world’s rainforest. The Amazon is quickly being reduced to wooded patches and scrub lands.
Viruses selectively edit host genetic instructions to produce the bioproducts they want as part of viral reproduction. Viruses can do this because they understand life at the molecular level.
White mold is a plant disease caused by the sclerot fungus. A virus knows how to tame sclerot, and even make it beneficial to plants.
Hope uplifts when feeling beset. Yet some rare souls never feel beset.
Physics is the study of matter and its motions. Energy is the idea of propellant motion behind manifest matter. This imagined conception takes many forms.