Here in the UK the weather has warmed up and spring has arrived. Daffodils and crocuses have bloomed, lambs have been bouncing around the fields, and tadpoles can be seen in the ponds. The metamorphosis of tadpoles into froglets is a spectacular transformation during which almost every organ is subject to being modified, and it is this process we will be diving into in this article.Read More »
Rewilding is a movement where efforts are concentrated on restoring the landscapes natural processes, eventually trying to create ecosystems that don’t require as much human management and giving space for nature to thrive on its own. Part of the rewilding process is to reintroduce key species that can help restore a more stable ecosystem. 2020 has seen some fantastic reintroduction projects with many more planned for the new year, and I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the remarkable stories in the UK and those to look forward to in the years to come.Read More »
On a remote volcanic island in the middle of the South Atlantic ocean, a familiar yet alien isopod calls St Helena home. The bright yellow colour and spikes are not the only remarkable things about these woodlice, they also glow under UV light!Read More »
As the temperatures warmed and plants began to bloom in the UK, it coincides as it always does with the awakening of the bees. As I watched them fly from flower to flower and getting dusted with pollen, I noticed what looked like little saddlebags on their hind legs. Curious, I began researching more on these little pollinators and as I did so this post grew from a relatively short dive about the bags (called corbiculae) and into a deep dive on “bee bread”, how honey is made, what they use it for, and more.
I feel like sea anemones are often overlooked, seen as the pretty but uninteresting sidekick for the clownfish that waft around in the currents not doing a lot. But in reality, sea anemones are not to be underestimated. From willingly tearing themselves in half repeatedly to form a clone army, to detaching from the sea floor and swimming around and forming clever mutualistic partnerships, sea anemones have a lot more to them than initially meets the eye.
There are organisms on Earth that don’t need sunlight to survive, some don’t even need oxygen, but all living things on this green and blue planet need water.
This need for water isn’t a problem when your environment has an abundance of it, but for those in drier climates they have had to adapt more inventive ways to survive, with some lizards being able to drink water simply by touching it.
Immortality is discussed avidly as much as a science fiction concept as it is a scientific goal, but for this jellyfish immortality isn’t just a concept but a reality.
Malaria infects over 200 million people each year and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths, with mosquitoes becoming insecticide resistant and questions being raised on how insecticides could impact human health, what are our next steps?
The standard process of invertebrate growth is that when you have matured and reached adulthood your skeletal system becomes static, and you stay roughly the same size. Although this is generally true, there are some animals that pay no attention to this way of growth and can actually shrink and grow in the space of months – incredible!Read More »