Today, life on Earth is so diverse, it covers so much of the planet that you can find places like this lake, where it’s effectively its own sealed ecosystem. It’s salt water, it’s connected to the sea, but it’s only
Hydrothermal vents are fissures in the sea floor that release super-heated steam. The organisms that can survive in this extreme environment are thought to hold the key to life.
What is life? Is a fundamental question posed by Erwin Schrodinger. The answer is far from simple.
Brian Cox visits the Filipino village of Sagada to try and shed some light on this most basic of queries. What he uncovers reveals much about our beliefs.
The Red Kangaroo if the largest animal that can hop with such great efficiency. Their bone structure would not allow them to grow any larger.
It’s ultimately the strength of Earth’s gravity that limits the size and the manoeuvrability of land-based giants. But for the bulk of life on land, gravity is not the defining force of nature.
The Mantis Shrimp has some of the most sophisticated eyes in the natural world. Each is made up of over 10,000 hexagonal lenses.
However, even more remarkable is that it packs a mighty punch. The mantis shrimp’s punch is one of the fastest movements in the animal world, and is released with the force of a bullet..
We look at the unusual #chemical powers that the bombardier beetle uses in self-defence.
Further we consider the amazing chemical reactions that take place in plant during #photo #synthesis.
Professor Brian Cox explain how the cosmos evolves by discussing the second law of thermodynamics and the apparent disorder of energy in the solar system.
Because all living things share the same fate. Each individual will die. But life itself enduresBecause all living things share the same fate. Each individual will die. But life itself endures
Over 75% of all animal species are insects. There may be as many as ten billion, billion individual creatures alive today. Beetles or Coleoptera are…
Do they possess super-powers, incredible strength and gravity defying resilience. You bet they do.
Professor Brian Cox explores the concept that larger animals live longer because they have slower metabolisms. To test his theory that giants live longer, he looks at creatures of all sizes. In a previous post we looked at energy in
Ruminants can digest cellulose from grasses and other forms of leaves. Carnivores obtain their cellulose by eating the ruminant herbivores.
This is all part of the carbon cycle; from sun to tree, from tree to animal, from animal to life.