When many individual organisms come together and move as one entity, that’s a swarm. From a handful of birds to billions of insects, swarms can be almost any size. They have no leader, and members interact only with their neighbors or through indirect cues. Members follow simple rules: travel in the same direction as those around you, stay close and avoid collisions. Maria R. D’Orsogna shares why.
Life on this planet is based on cells. Cells do vary in size. But they are pretty similar in their dimensions across all species. A blue whale doesn’t have bigger cells than a hummingbird, just a lot more of them.
Lab grown meat has been making headlines recently, but is it actually a better alternative to the traditional meat industry?
Readers of Aaron’s blog know of his beef with the milk industrial complex. Why does milk, of all beverages, get a pass in our efforts to reduce everyone’s caloric intake? Why is it encouraged, when all others are shunned? Is it because you need the calcium? Is it because it makes your bones stronger? Watch, and learn why the milk emperor has no clothes.
Canine and human mouths are bacterial ecosystems, but can they harm one another? “Sometimes, the oral contact between dogs and their owners can be more extensive than that between parent and child. Dogs kiss and lick their owners to express amiable emotions. This raises the possibility of transferring bacteria from the oral microbiome of dogs to their human owners.”
Incredible sea predator.