The fifth episode of the To the moon and beyond podcast series explores where we will be travelling in 2069.
We spoke at length with a series of self-identified preppers. It became clear that most aren’t so out of the ordinary.
Human self awareness is an evolutionary outcome, but where has it brought us?
Understanding the evolutionary roots of what draws us to delusions of legacy and distractions of leisure will help us address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Sometimes, two different animals will evolve to have a similar adaptation, even when they are not closely related. Flight is an excellent example.
Eugenics was previously the realm of social biology.
If those who survive are the fittest, does that also make them the best? And if so, is engineering 'better' babies just evolution, or another step in a long history of eugenics?
Found after nine days. Now rescue plans have begun.
Royal Thai Navy/EPA
The looming prospect of a long stay in the cave has increased fears for the boys' mental health.
Climb on board - it won’t take a minute.
Whether booking in a colonoscopy or choosing where to buy coffee, your memory and ability to visualise future scenarios shape life's most important decisions.
Slow-moving, strategic sloths.
Suzi Eszterhas, www.suzieszterhas.com
Sloths have been moving slowly for 64m years.
20th Century Fox
Quickly scan this year’s film awards lists and a strong theme emerges: survival. In fact, the three films with the most Oscar nominations are all about battling terrifying odds.
Not just on the dancefloor… the praying mantis can throw some crazy shapes in mid-air.
Notorious for their gruesome cannibalism, praying mantises have a hidden talent. Controlling the spin on their jumps allows juveniles to make precision landings, before their wings have developed.
The story about missing Briton Gareth Huntley, who has disappeared on the Malaysian island of Tioman, has generated considerable interest in his home country, and also a certain amount of opprobrium for…
Families and the public haven’t given up.
The US Coastguard has said it will resume a search and rescue operation within the hour for the four missing British yachtsmen who got into difficulties 620 miles (1,000km) east of Cape Cod in their boat…
Invading cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts survive, due to their unique method of deterring predators. Long thought…
Ready … aim…
Your team is decimated. You’re surrounded by zombies. And they’re closing in. Normally, you lean forward, turn off your console, step away and play again once you’ve had the opportunity to regroup. But…
Sound advice for unsound times.
Today we worry that cow farts are destroying the environment with methane; back in the Proterozoic, it’s certain that algae farts ruined it with oxygen. As an evolutionary biologist and conservationist…
A new species of mosquito has been discovered in Australia that can live and breed in underwater environments such as sewage…
A mosquito being rained on is the equivalent in size, mass and force of a human being hit by a car, so how do they survive…