Run For Your Life

Fact: A human can outrun a horse over a marathon. Remember the man who can run forever, Dan Karnazes? He might be unusual, but it turns out us humans have evolved to be the masters of long distance running. Homo sapiens (that’s us) evolved in Africa, and we learned to hunt in a very particular way….

Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey

Fact: Telescopes are time machines. Ok yes, they can’t let you go back and kill Hitler. But in a very real sense looking through a telescope gives you the power to look millions of years into the past. Light moves pretty fast – almost 300 million meters/second, to be precise – but it does not reach…

En Guarde!

Fact: Flatworms decide who gets pregnant by penis fencing. First up, let me clarify: penis fencing is actually the official scientific term for this kind of behaviour, its not just me looking for a great tagline. Flatworms are hermaphrodites – each worm has the reproductive organs of both a male (i.e. testes, which produce sperm) and…

Against The Clock

Fact: There are 10,080 minutes in a week. And this time I could only find a single one in which to write a post. ‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’ Image under Creative Commons license