Re-inventing ideas from nature is nothing new; think sonar in ships and radar in aircraft, both of which are analogous to echolocation in marine mammals and bats. Indeed, borrowing ideas from nature dates back centuries; for instance, see our blog post “The TENS Commandments” that describes how ancient Greeks and Romans advocated harnessing electric shocks […]
It’s difficult to imagine a more important contribution to the life sciences than the one made by Charles Darwin. Along with fellow naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin was responsible for originating and developing one of the fundamental building blocks of biology, genetics and ecology – the theory of natural selection. February is the month […]
Newsweek's 1975 Article 'The Cooling World' Back in 1975, a science journalist writing for Newsweek magazine wrote a story about falling global temperatures. Albeit that the piece was slightly over-sensationalised, it was based around legitimate data demonstrating that the climate cooled slightly between the 1940s and 1970s – data that is now interpreted to […]
Electricity! In previous blogs we’ve written about alternative energy sources such as concentrating the sun’s power using mirrors and even the way ancient people exploited animals like the electric ray for therapeutic purposes. But what if we could harness the natural world – including ourselves – to generate electricity?
Down the years, ecologists have talked a lot about acid rain and its consequences. Caused by atmospheric pollution – mainly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide – acid rain has been blamed for killing boreal forests and poisoning aquatic systems. Industrial pollution has definitely played a part in the acidification of water systems, largely through the output […]