One of the luxuries of writing about science is that it gives me a chance to weave together discoveries made in disparate fields. I can connect the stories for readers. Sometimes I can even connect the scientists themselves. But the more I write, the more that I see that where such connections are most conspicuously missed is not random. In some subfields of science our ignorance is both vast and predictable. One of these subfields is the intersection between basic ecology and evolutionary biology and application.
Each detail of our daily lives has a history and, just as with any history, it is a history we would do well to learn from. Consider the biology of your dinner table. Your table itself is Syrian or Iraqi as is most of the food on it.
My grandfather was concerned with a relatively small number of things in the last years of his life; one of those things was the dark [...]
Hundreds of self-experiments, tens of thousands of worms In 1976, Jonathan Turton, a British parasitologist was suffering from allergies. Most of the time scientists suffer [...]
I was staying in a one, room shack beside a river. The river, a majestic river, reminded me of the sound of a washing machine. My [...]
The amazing thing about trees is that they start as seeds. Some small enough for ants to carry. Others that ride in the guts of [...]
As many of you know, we partner with the awesome folks in the Genomics and Microbiology Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on [...]
by Rob Dunn We are working on a new book in the lab called The Book of Invisible Life. In this book, we will compile [...]
I rarely use my front door. The backdoor is just so darn convenient, being closer to the driveway and all. Yet the mailbox is out [...]
This post is also cross-posted at our friend Alex Wild’s blog, Myrmecos. Check it out to see more stunning photos of camel crickets by Rob’s [...]