It’s another picture perfect day here in Adelaide, South Australia. Despite the fact that Autumn has been with us a few weeks now I’m getting uncomfortably hot. I’m lying on my stomach on a small marina, my face hanging over the edge and inches from the water. As is the (annoying) habit of our cat […]Read More Unthinking Coordination in “Simple” Lifeforms
A strange, hybrid world exists at the interface between humanity and nature. An attenuated disaster ecology, where nature easily comes to terms with the remnants of civilisation…Read More #Symbiosis: meeting at transitions
Venus is a dead world like it’s unfortunate sibling Mercury. Both planets are perilously close to our sun. Mercury lies only 58 million km from Sol and Venus is still uncomfortably close at 108.2 million km. However this cloud coated beauty orbits serenely on the very inner cusp of what astronomers call the “Goldilocks Zone”Read More #BackToVenus
It’s 2017. We’re three sequels into a massively successful movie franchise about the dangers of science without integrity. Rebooting and endlessly recycling movies doesn’t seem to be a problem, but who cares about that? Four huge movies about science. Naughty scientists playing God. Evil money hungry corporations sacrificing principles in their endless cancer-like quest for […]Read More #DNA: What’s the Deal?
Enzymes blow me away, and really do speak of some kind of underlying order in the Universe. I mean, you can’t just study enzymes and their activity without thinking there’s some kind of voodoo at work. When I was young (and even occasionally in these adult years) airplanes would fill me with wonder. I mean, […]Read More Enzymes: Nature’s Toolbox
It’s nearly 4 pm, on an absolute postcard perfect day. I’m in my car, parked at a tiny beach; one of a handful strewn along the Port River. Birds scamper on the sand, waves whisper past and the sound of distant traffic is like the pulsing murmur of an unborn child’s heartbeat through an ultrasound. […]Read More #FirstScienceCrush: Meeting Science
I have discovered something about myself as I get older. Bugs are really interesting. Ever since my first purchase of a cheap little macro lens for my smart phone I literally cannot resist the urge to photograph or film every bug I encounter. No, I’m not a professional photographer and I am NOT an entemologist. […]Read More Insects up close