Unlike most ant species, slavemaker ants kidnap, murder, and bathe in the blood of their victims to get their way.
The source of all essential nutrients is either in the atmosphere or in the form of rocks and minerals around us. These nutrients make their way through living and inorganic forms through nutrient cycling. As organisms are develop, they take in these nutrients and store them in their tissues and/or use them for life’s processes, … Continue reading Nutrient Cycling and Decomposition
For those who suffer from sleep paralysis, falling asleep can be a literal nightmare!
All energy on the planet is governed by the laws of thermodynamics. The first law states that energy can be transferred but cannot be created nor destroyed. The second law states that while energy is transferred, a portion of it will be lost as heat energy. In the biological world, all energy begins it’s life … Continue reading Energetics and Ecological Productivity
This real-life graboid hides on the ocean floor, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Each environment an organism inhabits holds a different set of constraints for processes related to the survival, growth, and reproductive ability of a species. Different patterns of temperature, precipitation, seasonality, depth, salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen among terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are reflected in the different characteristics that an organism exhibits. These characteristics include the … Continue reading Organisms and their Environment
Before modern genetic engineering, scientists were attempting to improve agriculture through the use of World War II-era nuclear power.
Ecology is the study of the relationship between organisms and their environment Ecology is the scientific study of the relationships between the processes behind an organism’s ability to survive, grow and reproduce, and the physical/chemical components (abiotic – temperature, moisture, oxygen concentration, light availability) and the biological/living components (biotic) of their environment. Stemming from the … Continue reading What is Ecology?
IWFF LABS is an immersive, cross-disciplinary science filmmaking workshop that brings scientists & media creators together to learn effective tools to communicate science, nature, and conservation with broad audiences. IWFF LABS is a new element of the festival in it's 40th year. Over 100 applicants applied and 16 were chosen. Students work with a local … Continue reading IWFF’17 Student Filmmaker Labs
(Published in The Telomere Times) With it’s eye-catching title, Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish, and Other Weird Animals by Australian blogger Becky Crew caught my attention during my trip to Australia last year. A life-long bookworm, I found myself browsing through the shelves of the Parramatta Library within moments of landing on the island continent. Perched … Continue reading Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish, and Other Weird Animals