In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans.
Our biologist-reporter tunes in to an interview with a particle of water, who explains everything we could wish to know about its structure and properties.
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory.
Plankton usually take on tiny forms and exist in beautiful variety. They are also a key part of the ocean’s ecology – and are under threat from the climate crisis.
A series of mysterious cell deaths in Corpolis bring Detective XY back for one last case – revealing an ingenious biological phenomenon in the process.
Want to live forever? Why not try cryonics – an expensive and unproven scientific procedure with tempting results, at least for some.
Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist.
Our unmatched biologist-reporter takes a camping trip to the forest, where – after eating a freshly-picked mushroom breakfast – he ends up on the other side of the mycelium.
Autumn marks the beginning of mushroom-picking season, but for those lacking mycological knowledge, there’s an alternative: you can grow your own fungi at home.
Our biologist-reporter observes a story similar to the Judeo-Christian account of creation, but featuring soil, plants and fungi instead.
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures.
A biologist explains how we perceive colour – and how those perceptions can be unique to each of us.
From electrician to Nobel Peace Prize laureate via work on the atomic bomb, the life of Polish physicist Józef Rotblat was full of remarkable twists and turns.
On hot summer days, we might hide inside the cool confines of our house. For many flora and fauna, such a luxury is impossible – they have their own biological techniques.
Our fearless biologist-reporter closes his eyes and wakes up to find himself summoned to the Virus Council – chaired by none other than the notorious SARS-CoV-2.
The immune system is both complex and rich; a collection of specialized cells that work together to defend our bodies from viruses and bacteria.
Will Alfred Russel Wallace receive his longed-for letter from Charles Darwin? Find out in this short story.
Alongside Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin is one of the few people whose ideas changed the world forever. But how exactly did he develop is theory of evolution?
Approximately 541 million years ago, the Cambrian Period began. With it came an explosion of life, never before seen in the history of the world.
Searching for the ultimate example of recycling? Look in the mirror.
Many creation stories describe how man was made from clay. We treat such stories as ancient myths, yet according to some chemists and biologists, life may have indeed come from clay minerals.
In 1962, the marine biologist Rachel Carson published her seminal book on the ecological effects of pesticides, “Silent Spring”. As a result, she advanced the global environmental movement, but was unfairly discredited by her political opponents.
After a long day at work, there’s nothing like stroking our furriest of friends for a spot of relaxation. And they’re well aware of it – domestic cats have evolved in a way that benefits us both.
The planet Earth was formed around 4.5 billion years ago; one billion years or so later, the first life forms emerged. What exactly created these initial microorganisms?
Marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales, are adapted to aquatic environments. Our correspondent traces their journey from land to water, starting 49 million years ago.
Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically.
Will today’s cars soon be replaced by autonomous vehicles? Technically it’s possible, but there are other obstacles.
Evolutionary psychology often provides simple explanations that ignore the effects of culture on human behaviour. Our correspondent explores one of science’s more spurious branches.
Many animals self-medicate with natural drugs in order to prevent or cure diseases and infections. Their behaviour could have important implications for human medicine, too.
Jack Szostak talks about the beginnings of life on Earth, the beauty of synthetic biology, and why he’s not exactly Dr. Frankenstein.