The Flower and the Butterfly

January 17, 2018 Mbeljac 0

Symbiotic relationships pose chicken and egg problems, which abound. One that has always intrigued is the question; what came first, the flower or the butterfly? Recent research more firmly establishes that the answer to that question very much is the butterfly. A paper published in Science Advances provides a fascinating […]

The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

September 11, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of the Space Launch System, key to a future manned Mars […]

Biodiversity Loss and Biological Annihilation

July 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Recently I happened to come across a book on biodiversity loss which stated, in the introduction, that much had been written about the crisis of biodiversity loss but little about what may be done about it. That book was written in 1975. Matters, of course, are much worse now and […]

The Cosmic Gaia Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

January 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

As a geological fellow traveller, I have always been interested, I would say extremely fascinated, by the seemingly symbiotic interactions between earth systems and biological systems. David Grinspoon writes a truly thought provoking article for Nautilus on this topic, which is adapted from a just published book of his. In […]