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Biology is exciting and informative

Biology is exciting and informative, giving us insight into the beauty of life. What we see with the microscope is the amazing developmental process by which form emerges out of unformed material. To watch an embryo develop is to see the life of a new individual emerge, gradually, stage by stage, from very simple material […]

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Orwell’s Roses goes deep

Orwell’s Roses is a book written by Rebecca Solnit.I heard about it from The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) in a delightful post about nature, beauty, and things that give us meaning. George Orwell is one of the most influential political writers of the twentieth century. His words had a worldwide impact on authoritarianism during the […]

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The Spiral

Here’s a personal view about body symmetry and body openings from someone who lived through the evolution of bilateral symmetry. Form? I didn’t have any; that is, I didn’t know I had one, or rather I didn’t know you could have one. I grew more or less on all sides, at random; if this is […]

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The tardibot

I work with fascinating creatures. Bryozoans, brachiopods, nemerteans, priapulids, echinoderms, acoelomorphs, among others! However, despite their splendor, they are little known. Perhaps because they are small or because they are difficult to find, they remain anonymous among the public. But their charisma is so strong that from time to time one or another ends up […]