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Science Sunday: The Diversity of Flight

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Flight

As I promised a fortnight ago, the series is continuing at loftier heights. Today, we’re going to tackle flight. Flight is an especially interesting characteristic because it hasn’t evolved just once; there isn’t any common ancestor that we can point to as the one who ties all flying animals together. If we exclude gliding over short distances, true flight is something that has e... »

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Locomotion

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Locomotion

As promised, here is the post about locomotion in the animal kingdom. For the purpose of not making this into a never-ending wall of text, I’m limiting the concept of locomotion to movement along the ground. Now, moving along the ground might seem a bit boring. I mean, we do it all the time, no fuss. However, moving along the ground in an efficient way is quite a sophisticated task. The envi... »

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Eyes

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Eyes

Continuing from last week’s Science Sunday, we’re going to keep looking at some of the ways that species differ in interesting, and sometimes baffling ways. Today’s subject will be a bit less sexy, however, as we’re going to talk about eyes. For us humans, the vision usually represents 80 percent of the sensory information that we perceive. As far as eyes go, ours aren̵... »

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Animal Sex

Science Sunday: The Diversity of Animal Sex

As many of you are aware of, sex is kind of a big deal for humans. To the surprise of absolutely no one it’s a big deal for other species too, if not for the same reasons.  Sex is for many animals the only way to get offspring. So the different members of species will participate in sexual reproduction, trying to ensure the existence of their kind. Some will even die for it. I have narrowed ... »

Science says…

Science says…

As someone who’s quite interested in science, I tend to notice when scientific papers and scientists are quoted in the media. News papers and magazines often use these papers or statements to support a story, or choose to spin the originals into a news-worthy story. It’s really nice to see that journalists are willing to talk to experts about their story, and maybe even want to make a ... »

Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for the Worst

Most people, when they hear the phrase “preparing for the worst”, think about writing an insurance, or putting some money aside for rainy days. Something that most people do not, however, is to build their own bomb shelter. National Geographic Channel has been highlighting this latter group of quite special people in their new series Doomsday Preppers. People who, for some reason, beli... »

Small Things and Big Implications

Small Things and Big Implications

Nanotechnology is a relatively new field  that is – simply put – about the understanding and manipulation of structures which are around 1-100 nanometre(nm) in size. And one nanometre is really tiny. To be precise, it’s 0.000000001 metres, or 10⁻⁹ metres. It might not sound very exciting to work with stuff that’s so tiny that you can’t even see it. But if you’re... »

Hoaxspotting

Hoaxspotting

During my time at this site, short as it may be, I have written a few posts about different silly kinds of woo. Still, not all hoaxes, schemes and other types of trickeries are as easy to spot as blood type woo or people claiming that they can see ghosts. In some cases, it might even be necessary with some experience to be able to spot hoaxes. »

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