In the north of England, close to the border of Scotland, you will find one hundred infamous killers, imprisoned behind black iron gates adorned with skulls. And despite their harmful ways these ne’er do wells receive hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading The Poison Garden
Spiderman slings a web from his wrists, Daredevil explores his surroundings using sonar and Aquaman breathes underwater like a fish. Comic book superheroes have long been known to borrow abilities and powers from the natural world. In a sense they … Continue reading Biomimicry
From a very early age we use patterns to help make sense of the world around us. When we recognize things that repeat in a logical way, we can organize information and make thoughtful predictions based on the patterns we observe. … Continue reading Nature’s patterns
Our world is teeming with microbes, those organisms so small that we can only see them with the aid of a microscope. They cover every surface around us and even live within and on our bodies. “In fact there are … Continue reading Discovering Microbes
Imagine your neighbourhood covered in ice, hundreds of feet thick. At the height of the last ice age, roughly 20,000 years ago, that is exactly how it might have looked. At that time about 97 per cent of Canada was covered in … Continue reading Are we due for another Ice Age?
When a cyclone hit Madagascar in March 2017, the effect was felt in ice cream shops and bakeries around the world. As the producer of 80 per cent of the world’s vanilla beans, the extreme weather experienced by the African … Continue reading Farming for a future