E.O. Wilson Still Revolutionizing Biology
Legendary biologist E.O. Wilson has been a pioneer in his field for decades. Now is working on an interactive textbook which he estimates may revolutionize how students learn.
What's the Latest Development?
Edward Osborne Wilson doesn't understand why more biologists like himself aren't straining to do field research at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. On his recent trip to the park, the legendary Harvard biologist sought to study the park and to preserve it for future generations. He was tailed by a documentary crew which, along with Wilson, has chosen the park as one of the backdrops for a new interactive digital textbook called Life on Earth. Wilson hopes that the book will revolutionize biology teaching in secondary schools.
What's the Big Idea?
Once one of Africa's richest natural reserves, Gorongosa National Park became a battle ground in a civil war that raged from 1977 until 1992. Today, it is being repaired and Wilson looks toward its native species for insight into human evolution. One of Wilson's fiercely contested theories is that humanity's emergence as a social species is a result of our genes and not just the brain's evolution. On his success as a biologist, Wilson says: "How successful you are depends on a small number of qualities and activities, and one of them is luck."
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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