Category: Environment

5 facts about bird flight

Image by Liselotte Brunner from Pixabay 1. Weighty wings Around a third of a bird’s body weight is made up of the large wing muscles. These are the machines that power flight, keeping the bird airborne for large periods...

How do chemical pesticides work?

The deadly chemicals that keep our food safe… or do they? Image by zefe wu from Pixabay The most widespread method of keeping pests at bay is by chemical intervention. Created with the ultimate...

10 of the world’s deadliest avalanches

Image by Jacky Barrit from Pixabay 10. Blons, Austria 12 January 1954 Death toll: 57 Often considered Austria’s worst avalanche, it consisted of two slides nine hours apart. The first was a dry-snow avalanche...

Why is Lake Hillier pink?

Meet the salt-loving cells responsible for painting Lake Hillier its lurid colour (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Yodaobione) On an island off the coast of Western Australia, you might expect the abundant sunshine to highlight a feast of...

The immortal jellyfish

Discover how these jellies reverse their maturity in a continuous cycle Future PLC Do you ever wish you could jump back in time to when you were younger and start life again? As life passes us...

Meet the Christmas tree worm

You’ll find no festive spirit in these defensive, unsociable creatures Image by Klaus Torsten Klaeden from Pixabay Found far from the cold of the North Pole, Spirobranchus giganteus is a species of tropical polychaete...

Do wasps live inside figs?

The life’s work of a fig wasp ensures the survival of both insect and plant (Image credit: Alandmanson/ Wikimedia Commons) Unlikely relationships are often formed in the wild, and those that survive have usually evolved to...

What is a sea squirt?

Inside the animal that eats its own brain (Image credit: Nick Hobgood/Wikimedia Commons) Sea squirts might look like plants of the ocean, but they are actually rather advanced animals. When fully grown, these potato-shaped organisms sit brainless and stationary at the...