Category: Ecology

Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought Experiment

Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought Experiment

Scientists and philosophers like to think that they’re very sober, rational people who are above the need to advertise. And yet, if you look closely you’ll see that they often go to great lengths...

Scientists Want To Understand The Language Of Dolphins By 2021

Scientists Want To Understand The Language Of Dolphins By 2021

We live on a planet where it’s often difficult to engage in meaningful, intelligent conversations with our fellow humans. But what if interspecies communication with non-human creatures could occur ― specifically, between people and...

Our Story in 6 Minutes

Our Story in 6 Minutes

I have compressed billions of years into 6 minutes. This is our story as revealed by science.

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve....

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey or Irma, but it’s a huge part of the story

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey or Irma, but it’s a huge part of the story

Climate is not central, but by the same token it is grossly irresponsible to leave climate out of the story, for the simple reason that climate change is, as the US military puts it,...

Plate Tectonics May Have Begun a Billion Years After Earth’s Birth

Plate Tectonics May Have Begun a Billion Years After Earth’s Birth

Precisely what Earth looked like before plate tectonics, which drive these chunks of crust around, bumping and grinding into one another, is an open question. During the Archean eon 4 billion to 2.5 billion years...

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

A critical feature of many multicellular lifeforms on Earth are hard, biological structures, such as animal bones and snail shells that are made from minerals. Multicellular organisms, such as animals, plants and fungi are all...

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Some 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. 2.8 billion burn charcoal, wood, or other biomass to cook and heat their homes. Lack of access to clean, reliable energy services, or “energy poverty,”...

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.  But searches of 279 shorelines from Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%)...

The bizarre physics of fire ants

The bizarre physics of fire ants

Red imported fire ants are regarded as pests throughout the Southern US, where they’ve thrived since they were inadvertently introduced from South America in the 1930s or ’40s.