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The Weird And Wonderful Ecosystems Of Hydrothermal Vents

Life finds a way in the deep places of the ocean

Barnacles

Are there volcanoes in the ocean? Both dry land and the “land” underneath the oceans are part of large, rocky plates that are made of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle – the topmost layers of the Earth, or lithosphere. Oceanic plates, which lie under the oceans, are made of […]

The Weird And Wonderful Ecosystems Of Hydrothermal Vents

Life finds a way in the deep places of the ocean

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Are there volcanoes in the ocean? Both dry land and the “land” underneath the oceans are part of large, rocky plates that are made of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle – the topmost layers of the Earth, or lithosphere. Oceanic plates, which lie under the oceans, are made of

Do Bees Have Ears?

Amegilla cinguata bees resting on a twig

Living things use sound for communication, navigation, and even hunting. This requires ‘auditory perception’ – how our brain interprets the sounds in our environment. For many species, the ear is key to hearing –  scientists think that the middle ear in humans evolved from the gills of fish – is

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Living things use sound for communication, navigation, and even hunting. This requires ‘auditory perception’ – how our brain interprets the sounds in our environment. For many species, the ear is key to hearing –  scientists think that the middle ear in humans evolved from the gills of fish – is

Do Electric Cars Have Gears?

Comparing electric cars with traditional vehicles

Do electric cars have gears?

Electric cars or electric vehicles (EVs) may look like conventional cars but are completely different. They are less noisy and more responsive while also generating lower vehicle emissions and no exhaust emissions compared to traditional vehicles. They also look completely different under the hood, meaning they do not have many

Do Electric Cars Have Gears?

Comparing electric cars with traditional vehicles

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Electric cars or electric vehicles (EVs) may look like conventional cars but are completely different. They are less noisy and more responsive while also generating lower vehicle emissions and no exhaust emissions compared to traditional vehicles. They also look completely different under the hood, meaning they do not have many

To bee or not to bee: How plants are responding to insects vanishing

Some plants are cutting out the middleman and pollinating themselves!

Flowers and bees

Where did flowers come from? Flowers have been around for at least 140 million years which is not long – if you consider that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old! If we compressed those 4.5 billion years into an hour, flowering plants would have come into existence just 1.5

To bee or not to bee: How plants are responding to insects vanishing

Some plants are cutting out the middleman and pollinating themselves!

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Where did flowers come from? Flowers have been around for at least 140 million years which is not long – if you consider that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old! If we compressed those 4.5 billion years into an hour, flowering plants would have come into existence just 1.5

Does Vitamin C Really Help You Recover From Colds?

Products containing Vitamin C

Every winter brings with it a surge in cases of colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses as people spend more time indoors and stay out of the inclement weather. During this time, you are likely to see a lot of reminders about the benefits of taking vitamin C; you might

Does Vitamin C Really Help You Recover From Colds? Read More »

Every winter brings with it a surge in cases of colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses as people spend more time indoors and stay out of the inclement weather. During this time, you are likely to see a lot of reminders about the benefits of taking vitamin C; you might

Between Land And Sea: Mangrove Ecosystems And Their Mysterious Inhabitants

Sundarbans

Table of Contents Most of us, probably, have accidentally overwatered a houseplant at some point.   Like us, plants that live in soil need moisture to survive, but their roots require oxygen to breathe. If the soil inside the flowerpot gets too waterlogged, the roots begin to drown – and

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Table of Contents Most of us, probably, have accidentally overwatered a houseplant at some point.   Like us, plants that live in soil need moisture to survive, but their roots require oxygen to breathe. If the soil inside the flowerpot gets too waterlogged, the roots begin to drown – and

Human Evolution: How Did We Become The Earth’s Dominant Species?

Human Evolution

Our species, Homo sapiens, is found all over the world. We have had such an outsized influence on our planet that our period of dominance has been given a name – the Anthropocene. But where did we come from, and what has given our species this much power over the

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Our species, Homo sapiens, is found all over the world. We have had such an outsized influence on our planet that our period of dominance has been given a name – the Anthropocene. But where did we come from, and what has given our species this much power over the

Sequencing The ‘Notoriously Difficult’ Human Y Chromosome

Sequencing

Introduction Since the 1980s, scientists have been working on identifying every part of the human . The sequence of the Y  has remained a mystery, and in the words of biological anthropologist Agnar Helgeson, “the most troublesome chromosome in our genome.”   That is, until now. Thanks to the efforts

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Introduction Since the 1980s, scientists have been working on identifying every part of the human . The sequence of the Y  has remained a mystery, and in the words of biological anthropologist Agnar Helgeson, “the most troublesome chromosome in our genome.”   That is, until now. Thanks to the efforts

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