Reaching New Shores

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report on the development of climate change and its effects on humans. The 2600-page report is the result of three years work and the collaboration of 300 scientists. It makes for mostly grim reading, with an emphasis on climate impact on food security (not positive),…

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Leaping Forward

The diminutive planthopper (Issus coleoptratus)┬áis the only creature we know of besides ourselves that uses intermeshed gears for heavy, synchronized lifting. The gears, which look like a comic book model of miniature technology, form the ratchet joint between the planthopper’s back legs. They create a smooth response where the insect’s developing system is still incapable…

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Cloud Spelunking

Back when global exploration meant finding a place, discovery was fairly straightforward. A given group of people could send some intrepid souls in a direction where none of them had ever been before, be it a valley, a sea, an island or a continent, and then that new place was ‘discovered’. There were gaps between…

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