Earth’s Mythical Islands.

Earth’s Mythical Islands.

New Zealand’s first sheep were set ashore by Captain James Cook in 1773. At their peak in 1982, there were twenty-two sheep for every person in New Zealand. Nowadays, the numbers have fallen by two thirds and are now estimated at just over seven sheep per person. Photograph: Nick Easton/BBC Kea are the only true … Continue reading

The Science of Magic Glow Mushrooms.

The Science of Magic Glow Mushrooms.

Image: Thank luciferin for mushrooms’ mysterious glow. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain) by Erin Blakemore When is a mushroom more than just a mushroom? When it glows. It might sound like a psychedelic riddle, but when it comes to bioluminescent mushrooms, it’s reality. The glow-in-the-dark fungi have been found in places like Brazil and Vietnam. But now, … Continue reading

Pink Robin.

Pink Robin.

A male pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster), a species found in south-east Australia. Image Credit: JJ Harrison/Wikimedi by Becky Crew IF YOU’RE A WINTER baby like me, you probably feel like you were born in the wrong hemisphere, especially around Christmas time. While everyone else is looking forward to a December filled with seafood, salads, and … Continue reading