I thought it would be interesting to ask people working in completely different disciplines how to define life. The consensus seems to be that defining life is hard and maybe even impossible, at least for the time being.
It really does look like a leaf. Well done.
My first blog post for Nautilus, a super-cool publication that I have admired from afar for a while. The title is a somewhat dishonest use of the word ‘dishonest’, as it refers to dishonest signalling – a concept in behavioural ecology that doesn’t imply deliberate skulduggery on the animal’s part.
This piece was written with the help of professional sceptic, paranormal investigator and nice chap Benjamin Radford, who spent a solid five years researching the chupacabra. He’s written a book about the experience, which you can find out about here.
It was published on 10 November, so boy did the Donald Trump gags come rolling in.
“The first time we requested a dead bird from the museum, they had no idea what we were going to do with it…They didn’t imagine we would freeze it and drop it into water.”
I came to this story expecting to find out about a population of crocodiles adapting to life in a cave system, and instead I got some crocodiles that had been turned orange having spent decades submerged in bat poo.
This was a fun little piece to write, featuring a healthy mix of imagination and evolutionary theory. Check it out here.