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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. …

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Giant Eagles – Could Gandalf’s Favorite Deus Ex Machina Exist?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you will have noticed that Peter Jackson has released the first of his three Hobbit moves: ‘An Unexpected Journey’, which tells the tale that spawned the world of middle earth and a big surge of fandom that inspired generations …