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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... »

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

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 of fantasy writers and nerds alike. There’s one thing that gets a lot of complaints about these books however, and ... »