Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Scientists, theologians, philosophers discuss what constitutes life Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Progress in understanding new biology may create a new phase in the scientific explanation of life, say some of the 100 scientists, theologians and philosophers who gathered for a conference at England’s Oxford University last week. They say rapid advances made in biological research in recent decades are raising questions about what they mean for Read more

Lord Robert Winston visiting New Zealand Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Lord Robert Winston, a noted science commentator and advocate, presenting shows such as ‘Child of our Time’ and ‘The Human Body’, is in New Zealand from March 9 to 13 for a series of events. A highlight of the visit was two interactive broadcasts Lord Winston held for Year 7-10 and Year 12-13 students throughout Read more

The role of chance in evolution Comments 0

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Over a pint of beer, the great biologist, polymath and pub-lover J B S Haldane was asked if he would give his life to save his drowning brother. He is supposed to have said: ‘No, but I would to save two brothers, or eight cousins.’ He was referring to one of evolution’s puzzles: why animals Read more

Maybe “girls can do anything” – this bloke can’t Comments 1

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I applaud the sentiment behind the much-quoted phrase, “girls can do anything” but I am startled when I come across people who think it is literally true. Girls cannot do anything, and neither can boys. Our biological nature ensures that great and all as our human potential might be, there are limits to what is Read more

The ecology of disease Comments 0

Friday, July 20th, 2012

There’s a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and Read more