biology

Constant vigilance

California ground squirrels have a difficult job of avoiding becoming snake food. Rather than running away, many prey animals will display a physical signal to…


Ure(k)a!

Vitalism is the doctrine that processes of living organisms are governed by unique principles due to a “vital essence” that is separate and distinct from…


Medicinal and hallucinogenic plants

The course “Medicinal and Hallucinogenic Plants” is described as “a botanical and historical survey of medicinal, hallucinogenic and poisonous plants used in various cultures.” BIOL…




Freaks of Nature: Clownfish

Welcome back to Freaks of Nature! This week we have a particularly innocent and inconspicuous freak: the clownfish. Also known as anemonefish, the majority of…




The spread of superbugs

Researchers from Newcastle University, U.K., and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, recently shed light on a growing health concern. Published in the journal Environmental…


Plastics polluting the waters

We live in an age of being environmentally conscious about our planet, so it is no surprise when topics like pollution cause a stir within…