Category Archives: Evolution

Sea creatures dissolve as oceans acidify

There’s little doubt that increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through human industry contribute to the changing of the Earth’s climate. Excess CO2 is absorbed by our ocean’s, changing their chemical composition and driving more blustery ocean winds that force deeper … Continue reading

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Parasite Philosophy: Just Keep Swimming!

Lots of microorganisms can survive in remarkably difficult conditions – bacteria can bloom in hot springs at 80°C, archaea live around hydrothermal vents reaching a toasty 113°C, while viruses can survive in the Arctic sea ice. For human pathogens, only … Continue reading

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The Life and (Long) Times of Bugs

If there’s one thing that Jurassic Park taught us, it’s that evolution is a long, drawn-out process*. Novel traits evolve in different species over millions of years, so most human scientists aren’t around long enough to see them happen in … Continue reading

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A Doctor Who Approach to Bird Evolution

Any Doctor Who fan will tell you that the ability to move through both space and time is a fundamental part of any Time Lord’s lifestyle. Researcher’s from the USA, UK, Canada and Australia applied a similar concept to the … Continue reading

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The (genetic) answer to the polar bear (evolution) question

When did polar bears evolve to form a separate and distinct species from their relatives, the brown and black bears? Researchers from China, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and the USA have recently collaborated to address this very question … Continue reading

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