Monthly Archives: March 2015

White Nose Syndrome Look Alike

Over the last decade, an emerging fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome (WNS), has been decimating North American bats, including several endangered species. Mortality rates of affected bat colonies are in excess of 90%, and some 6 million bats are estimated … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Boys and Girls – Size Matters

Evolution is not a feminist. Or an advocate for gender equality for that matter. If it is, a whole host of species missed the memo that males and females should be equal. The Difference Between Boys and Girls is a recurring … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Trade and Epizootics

The illegal wildlife trade has been all over the news in the last weeks, with South Africa announcing that rhino poaching has hit record levels in the past year, and extinction could arrive in as little as 20 years if … Continue reading

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Beautiful Science

This month, the Wellcome Trust announced the winners of its 2015 Image Awards. Twenty photos, photomicrographs, or artworks representing the most informative, striking, and technically excellent images related to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare. The winners span the gamut of … Continue reading

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Use it or Lose it: Legs-Lost

Use It Or Lose It is a recurring series about those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. I vividly remember being fascinated in a basic biology class when I saw a simple … Continue reading

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Organ(elle) Snatching Slugs

A host of spineless thieves reside off the east coast of North America. In the shallow waters of salt marshes and tidal pools lurk small, brilliant green marine slugs that are the organ snatchers of the natural world. Like many … Continue reading

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Welcome to the BioPhiles

I find the natural world incredible. The endless variety and complexity that exists outside the four walls of my office never ceases to capture my imagination and surprise me. The famous ecologist E.O. Wilson calls it biophilia, this desire to … Continue reading

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