The beautiful magic of bioluminescence

I’m very excited to say that this article features beautiful illustrations by the wonderful and hugely talented illustrator Holly Astle! Thank you for reading and be sure to check out her links at the end of this (quite long) article.  

Walking along some famous beaches or swimming in certain oceans, you will see your footsteps glow in the sand, or the ocean light up with flashes of light as you swim through. This natural phenomenon is called bioluminescence and has captured the imagination of humans for many years. I have been lucky enough to swim with bioluminescent plankton myself, and it got me thinking about how this wonderful quirk of nature has evolved. Read More »

2018 Reflection

There have been some incredible scientific discoveries this past year, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some discoveries I did not get time to cover. From revolutionary cancer tests, to a completely new neuron being discovered, here are some of the wonderful discoveries of 2018.

 

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Caterpillar Metamorphosis – more gruesome than you think

I started researching this at the request of a good friend, who was amazed by some reading they had done around it. When they asked what I knew about metamorphosis I had to admit fairly little – my knowledge faltered after “there was a very hungry caterpillar who stuffed himself with leaves”. We’re told as children that the caterpillar eats until it’s full, spins itself a cocoon, has a sleep, then emerges as a beautiful butterfly. To be honest, the truth is a little more gruesome so maybe best to leave it at that for children. Read More »