We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
Why does life resist disorder? Because ever since the first replicating molecules, another kind of stability has beckoned
Like the deadly pufferfish, wild mushrooms are for culinary daredevils. Care to play Russian roulette with your dinner?
Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains. Should we be worried?
Does life have a purpose?
Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?
Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats – how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum
Stories in the night
Insomnia brings many gifts — the noises of the night, the twist of narrative, and a stolen march on time
Human awareness of our own minds and others' is unlike that of any other animal. But why did consciousness evolve?