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 […]

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 […]

Wikipedia and the Geology of Victoria

January 12, 2017 Mbeljac 0

You have to be wary of Wikipedia, and there are two claims regarding the geology of Victoria made on Wikipedia that I find puzzling. The first and foremost is on the formation of the Great Dividing Range, of which the Australian Alps constitute the southern tip. The Great Dividing Range […]