Have you heard that humans evolved from monkeys or that evolution cannot explain the evolution of complex organs, such as an eye? Unfortunately, these are misconceptions, and the theory of evolution is among the most misunderstood sciences. Even more so, I think there is also a stubborn urge to interpret and comment on it without understanding. Unfortunately, it also … [Read more...] about Seven misconceptions about evolution
Why animals help each other: kin selection and inclusive fitness
When we think about evolution, we often view it as fierce competition, survival of the fittest, and selfishness in a struggle for resources. It's every individual for themselves, right? However, paradoxically, we often see selfless and altruistic behavior of animals in the natural world. they help each other, sometimes at their own expense—so how can this be? In this … [Read more...] about Why animals help each other: kin selection and inclusive fitness
Do plants communicate distress through ultrasound screams?
Recent news headlines reveal that plants scream in ultrasound when scientists cut their leaves. We can't hear these sounds, but they're there, and we can record them. Media erroneously reported that as beyond doubt proof that plants, just like animals, communicate through sounds. They said that plants warn each other about danger through ultrasound screams and, most … [Read more...] about Do plants communicate distress through ultrasound screams?
How can queen bees or ants keep laying eggs without having sex ever again?
Queens are peculiar, especially insect queens like bees and ants. They reproduce early in life and then lay eggs for the remainder of their lives without mating again. Most even stay within their nests. How is this possible? The secret lies in a specialized organ called the spermatheca. It is a sac-like structure (its name means "sperm case" in Greek) that can hold and … [Read more...] about How can queen bees or ants keep laying eggs without having sex ever again?
Four reasons why water is essential for life
Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by scientific discoveries. I remember reading a special article in our local newspaper about scientists searching for life on Mars. To my disappointment, they weren't seeking little green men; instead, they were hunting for water. Nearly 30 years later, their search continues. Why is water so important? The primary reason is … [Read more...] about Four reasons why water is essential for life
Why insects don’t take fall damage? Or do they?
Let's dive into the science of insect acceleration toward the ground. Insects are small and lightweight and appear to get away from injuries when they fall from great heights and even when we step on one. Thus, it's natural to wonder if they are actually invincible. So the question is, do insects take fall damage? Let's find out. Many insects fly. Let's just get the … [Read more...] about Why insects don’t take fall damage? Or do they?
Why only female mosquitoes need blood
You may have heard that male mosquitoes don't bite humans; only females do so. But have you ever thought about why it is so? Why do females need blood, but males don't. And even more so, what do males eat then? Let's find out! Female mosquitoes bite humans because they have to produce eggs and thus need better nutrition. And better nutrition, of course, is blood. How … [Read more...] about Why only female mosquitoes need blood
Are we really more bacteria than human?
Have you ever heard that the human body has fewer cells than the number of bacteria that lives inside their guts? Thus you, a human being, are more bacteria than yourself. However, despite bacteria's tremendous impact on our lives, the statement isn't accurate. In this article, I will explain why. That is indeed true that our gut bacteria are more numerous than our own … [Read more...] about Are we really more bacteria than human?
Do wild animals get cancer?
We usually view cancer as a consequence of our poor lifestyle choices and unnatural living. However, wild animals don't smoke, eat burgers or stress about their work assignments. So it begs the question: do wild animals get cancer? The short answer is yes, wild animals do get cancer, and it isn't shocking news if you understand how cancers arise. After all, healthy … [Read more...] about Do wild animals get cancer?
Evolution of passion: Why humans and other animals kiss
Kissing supposedly shows the highest form of affection, so it may seem blasphemy trying to explain it by chemistry, natural selection, or even mathematics. But let's give it a try and answer a few intriguing questions: Are humans the only animals that kiss? How did kissing evolve, and what function does touching of lips serve? Do animals kiss? Oh yes, they do! Kissing … [Read more...] about Evolution of passion: Why humans and other animals kiss