I heard a lovely, little story the other day of a serendipitous discovery that may well change the world. One day a couple of years ago, Federica Bertocchini was inspecting her beehives. She noticed that she had an infestation of wax worms living amongst her bees. Having pulled a bunch of them out and left… Read More Wax Worm Can Eat Our Plastic Pollution
As I travel the underground to work each morning I must survive a barrage of advertising. Everywhere you look in a modern city there is some kind of attempt to get you to buy the latest doodad or visit this or that place. One of the largest categories of advertising is that of the supplement… Read More The Great Vitamin And Supplement Hoax
Why do we help others? More specifically, why do we help others that are not related to us? What do we get out of it? Evolutionarily speaking it doesn’t make any sense. Every organism in nature seems to be entirely focussed on doing whatever it takes to reproduce their own genes, and yet humans can… Read More Human Altruism: Social Construct or Hardwired Behaviour?
On the island of Flores, about a decade ago, in the Liang Bua cave there were discovered some bones. The bones were human like, but small, perhaps those of a child. Mercifully, this was not the scene of a grisly infanticide but the last resting place of an ancient human, but a human unlike any… Read More Human History Twist
An extra post this week because I just can’t pass up the chance to point out the images coming in from Cassini right now. As you have probably heard in the news, as the Cassini mission comes to an end because of a lack of fuel, its orbit has been radically altered such that the… Read More Saturnian Wonder