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Head butting caterpillars!

A study has shown that Monarch butterfly caterpillars headbutt and lunge at each other when they get hungry. The level of aggression in these caterpillars…

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Why Geese Don’t Get Obese (And We Do) by Eric Widmaier

Why Geese Don’t Get Obese (And We Do): How Evolution’s Strategies for Survival Affect Our Everyday Lives by Eric Widmaier I love this book!  Widmaier describes…

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Why is Filial Cannibalism a Successful Form of Natural Selection?

Infanticide in nature can take many forms, whether it is terminating a pregnancy, killing progeny that is not yours or even eating your own offspring….

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Red Queen Hypothesis

What is the ‘Red Queen Hypothesis’?

This is the evolutionary concept of an ongoing ‘arms race’ between predator and prey. The notion that prey are constantly adapting to predators consequently allowing them to evolve defence mechanisms to decrease their risk of predation.

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The Clever Hans Effect

Anthropomorphism is when animals and non-living things are assigned human characteristics. Within the study of animal behaviour, one must be careful when observing an action to not automatically assign it a human characteristic based off personal experience.

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Parasitism

Parasites live inside insects such as crickets, grasshoppers and beetles and grow up to enormous sizes which almost take up the body size of the host itself, all coiled up.

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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre This book is very fascinating and opened my eyes to the realistic world of scientific research. It showed me how…

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Cell Migration and Proliferation

Cell migration is important, from an early embryo for formation of corresponding tissues, to after birth for wound healing and repair. Cell migration can be initiated in response to an external stimulus but are controlled by specific genes.

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Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 Exhibition

This exhibition is a must to see!  These images are absolutely stunning and must have taken so much time and patience to capture these.  This…

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Animal Silks – Denatured Super Proteins

The majority proteins are found in a water-based environment inside cells and tissues but some are outside e.g. silk – a lightweight and tough protein polymer.

Silk is spun, not grown

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