Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism

Because they don’t want to behave like dicks? Okay, obvious answer out of the way let’s get to a little explaining. I’ve given you fundamentals of life, in my introduction to biology, if you want a recap go over it. In there I talk about how life has been evolving, constantly, for close to 4Continue reading “Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism”

Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.

One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”

Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca

Content Warning: This article contains images of animal predation. I left this one up to the community and your voices were heard. They were completely silent. Thanks, guys. So given how I feel you basically stuck your teeth on my skull and bit a hole in it, I put a cat in this place thatContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca”

Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul

Nick-named after a Prussian biologist, the Pallas’ cat, or manul, is relatively small and extremely, and I mean ridiculously, fluffy, with low-set, rounded ears. That basically gives it the appearance of a guilty stuffed-toy. I mean, it is going to be hard to talk about these little guys without getting all misty-eyed and squeeing. They’reContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul”

Happy Birthday Darwin!

I got so moody about dickheads being stupid about fatness that this nearly slipped me by! There’s little I can say or do, historically or scientifically, to better other communicators on their thoughts on Darwin. On what he achieved, his pioneering spirit, his indomitable determination, his seeming respectability and his love of worms. I’m fairlyContinue reading “Happy Birthday Darwin!”

Nature: The Abusive Mother

NOTE: What follows is unqualified opinion and not scientific fact, the thoughts and ideas expressed here are not necessarily represented by the scientific consensus – though some probably should be. I am a conservationist, a naturalist, to an extent – though never formalised, ever internalised – a biologist. Yet I am a meat-eater, indeed aContinue reading “Nature: The Abusive Mother”

My Life and Learned Helplessness

Note: What follows is merely an opinion piece, the author is in no way a qualified mental health professional and if you are experiencing difficulties you should contact your local mental health service. “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again…” I am sure all of us in the English speaking world haveContinue reading “My Life and Learned Helplessness”

Hints of Life on Venus?

This is damn big news, the biggest news since evidence of water on Mars and of way more significance to how we think of life forming in the universe outside of our little wet marble. Here’s a Curious Idiot™ rundown.