Category Archives: ecology

Webs, Networks, and the Mark of Modernity

The spider’s web, though merely a collection of fine, gossamer threads, clings to human skin with remarkable persistence. Any arachnophobic who has unwittingly stumbled into an unseen web knows the composure and bravura necessary to rid oneself of th… Continue reading

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Hook, Line & Sinker

Fourscore and seven years ago, the world turned to darkness. Utter and complete darkness. The government had ignored the signs; the people had ignored the signs. Nobody was to blame, but everybody was to blame. The list of pointed fingers was endless. Pounding heart. Tunnel vision. Dr. Bryan’s lungs screamed for air as he waited […] Continue reading

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To Bee Or Not To Bee

Altruism, as a result of evolution, has been displayed throughout the animal kingdom. Whether it is the worker termites protecting their queen or the drone bees performing a similar role, somewhere along the path altruism was deemed as favorable by evolution. However, these animals did not choose to become altruistic beings. So the question arises, […] Continue reading

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Competition: can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Both Wells and Heinlein project a bleak future for mankind in The Time Machine and “by his bootstraps,” respectively. Through his portrayal of the Eloi and the Morlocks as devolved (with an emphasis on the “de”) forms of modern humans, Wells takes the pessimistic view that for all of our technologies, inventions, and advancements, we […] Continue reading

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Earth: 2100

Upon the completion of my time machine, I would travel to the illustrious year 2100. At first glance, one might be wondering why I would pick such a “bleh” year to travel to. You might ask, “Pranav, why wouldn’t you pick some year so far in the past that mammals have yet to leave their […] Continue reading

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A New Frontier

In February 2012, a team of Russian scientists from the Russian Antarctic Expedition managed to break the surface of Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. This was a groundbreaking moment in polar research, as its is the first time in history that a subglacial lake has been accessible to humans.  The Russians had been at […] Continue reading

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A New Frontier

In February 2012, a team of Russian scientists from the Russian Antarctic Expedition managed to break the surface of Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. This was a groundbreaking moment in polar research, as its is the first time in history that a subglacial lake has been accessible to humans.  The Russians had been at […] Continue reading

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A Different Rulebook for Life.

What if life plays by other rules elsewhere in the universe? In December, 2010, biologist Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon published a widely publicized paper claiming that she had discovered a type of bacterium in Mono Lake, California that was capable of thriving in high-arsenic, low-phosphorus environments by replacing phosphorus with arsenic in the building blocks of […] Continue reading

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The Laws of Life

The “reanimation” of life can refer to much more than zombie media would have us automatically think. Killian C Quigley describes a 1984 court case where the legality of the marketplace for byproducts of life, in order to “reanimate life” came into question. But he also raises the question, “What is life?” Is it a […] Continue reading

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