climate change · Easy · Environmental biology

This Week in Science: climate change

Image credit The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty, with an objective to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations to target climate change. This treaty was adopted in 1992 and as of December 2015, has signatures from 197 parties. Since 1995, the parties meet annually in Conferences of the Parties…… Continue reading This Week in Science: climate change

Advanced · Human Biology

The Systems Series: Immunity

Immunity is a state of the body that provides us with protection against diseases. A disease can be defined in this post here. Immunity can be separated into two main flavours; innate immunity and adaptive immunity. There are many differences between these two responses to infection, but both responses work together to eliminate the pathogen…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Immunity

Animal Biology · Intermediate

Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?

There is no question that parents influence their children’s traits and characteristics. But have you ever wondered which parent affects you more – your mother or your father? Research on a species, Nicrophorus vespilloides, shown in figure 1, has shown how different genders of grandparent and parent beetles have varying effects on offspring generations. It…… Continue reading Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?