Nature

Getting Cheeky with Photons: The Optics of Blue Monkey Butts

Getting Cheeky with Photons: The Optics of Blue Monkey Butts

By Dan Gareau, @LASER_Beam If you’re anything like me, you may have wondered why some monkeys have bright blue skin. Even if you don’t pay careful attention to monkey butts, you may still have wondered what makes some people’s eyes blue. To answer these questions, […]

Riddles in the Dark

Riddles in the Dark

By Maryam Zaringhalam, @thisisartlab ”We know more about space than we do our oceans, even though the oceans sustain all life on our planet.” – Sylvia Earle To the obligate land-dweller, life underwater is just about as foreign as life on other planets. Hidden from our land-centric […]

A Billion Bird Flock: The magic, mystery, and biology of bird migration

A Billion Bird Flock: The magic, mystery, and biology of bird migration

Imagine a billion birds passing overhead during your morning commute. This isn’t the plot of some cheap Hitchcock knock off; it’s the exact situation John J. Audubon (yes, that Audubon) found himself in during the autumn of 1813 in Kentucky: The air was literally filled […]

Bees Are Cool

Bees Are Cool

By Emily Dennis, @emilyjanedennis  Bees are cool. In the early 1900s, researchers like the tremendous Karl von Frisch noticed that when a group of bees gets too big, the queen will lay eggs and then leave the hive, bringing with her 10,000 of the worker […]

Evolution by Aesthetic Design

Evolution by Aesthetic Design

By Maryam Zaringhalam, @thisisartlab Biological evolution is the change in gene frequencies in populations over successive generations through forces like mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. But at its most basic conceptual level, evolution is simply change over time. Since life is not stagnant, but perpetually […]

Hatching the Birdphiles

Hatching the Birdphiles

By Michael Wheelock, @MSWheelock I like birds. Not in the casual “oh yeah, penguins are cute” kind of way, but in the “wow, look at the iridescent purple on that Northern Starling” kind of way (side note: Shakespeare introduced the Starling to North America. Well, […]