Tag Archives: adaptation

Lupine Invasions

Roadsides, ditches, and railway lines in Norway are awash with colour right now.  The lupines are in bloom, and the dense swathes of purple, pink, and white blossoms stacked into perfect pillars brighten the countryside. I love the vibrant colours, … Continue reading

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Planning the Perfect Alien Invasion

It sounds like a conspiracy theory: there are invaders all over the world, lurking in plain sight. The thought of it immediately calls to mind fantastical Dr. Who-worthy plots where little green martian men wear the skins of humans and … Continue reading

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but it is still evidenced by the discounted chocolate and wilting roses in the shop windows, and the childhood rhyme “Roses are red, violets are blue…” that is echoing incessantly in my head. The repeated … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Silent Flight: What Owl Feathers Can Teach Engineers

In the wee hours of a warm dark summer night, a couple is walking arm-in-arm down the middle of a silent street lined by darkened houses. The sound of their footsteps startles a jackrabbit from its gourmet flowerbed repast and … Continue reading

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Interspecies Sex is Behind The Gender Gradient in Mosses

This post is the latest in a recurring series called the Difference Between Boys and Girls, which talks about gender inequality and the battle of the sexes in biology. Gender isn’t a simple affair in mosses – sexual systems are … Continue reading

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Ingoldian Fungi: Floating Spores, Fantastic Ecology

Spring rains have painted the Oslo area verdant shades of green, but have turned my runs on narrow winding dirt trails through the woods into mud spattered gymnastic antics on the slick rocks and roots. Every little creek, stream, and … Continue reading

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Have you lost your senses?

This entry is part of a recurring series called Use It Or Lose It that looks at those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. As I’m reading, I inhale deeply and catch … Continue reading

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