Biology TWDK Biology doodle by Giles Meakin

Biology is the study of living things and how they grow, move, survive, evolve and reproduce. By studying humans, animals, plants and bacteria, biologists strive to improve our understanding of life itself. Biology has particularly close links and often overlaps with the fields of medicine and chemistry, and the research done by biologists saves and improves the lives of millions of people every day.

Biology is a very diverse discipline, with some biologists studying the smallest of organisms while others focus on entire ecosystems, and some even studying creatures from the past.

We've published 39 articles and 54 specialist blog posts about biology so far, featuring 557 unanswered biology questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 222 biology research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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“Ice Age Mars” –Challenges a Once ‘Warm and Wet’ Red Planet
3rd August, 2020
  “Mars once was wet and fertile. It’s now bone dry,” said Cosmos host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Something bad happened on Mars. I want to know what happened on Mars so that we may prevent it from happening here on Earth.” Mars is crisscrossed with distinctive tracks of big, long-dead rivers but scientists still don’t […] The post “Ice Age Mars” …
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Planet Earth Report –“NASA Image of Black Cube on the Sun 10-X Size of Earth to the Last Giraffes”
2nd August, 2020
    “Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.   What Is the Weird Black Cube on the Sun in This New NASA Image? –If you were to […] The post Planet Earth Report –&#…
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Take a tusk, drill holes, weave a rope – and change the course of history
1st August, 2020
Take a tusk, drill holes, weave a rope – and change the course of history | Archaeology | The Guardian
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Four possible scenarios for the Australian and South Korean travellers
1st August, 2020
Over the last few days, reports have emerged of people travelling from New Zealand and testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at their destination. First in South Korea and now in Australia. What might these positive tests mean? They’re false-positives As Toby Morris and I have explained before, there are different ways to test someone for Covid-19. The main ways are to look for the pres…

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Coronavirus
The disease COVID-19, caused coronavirus, was thought to originate from a seafood market in China, and be 10,000 years old... but it may come from elsewhere and be millions of years older.
Image credit: via Pixabay.
Pregnancy
There are many unknowns when it comes to pregnancy, and many accepted phenomena are still unexplained, or simply attributed to "hormones" or "the placenta" (a complex and poorly understood organ!)
Image credit: Olichel (CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay)
Sleep
Going without sleep will kill you faster than going without food. But why?
Image credit: ©Andrew (Flickr, attribution)
Plastics
What happens to plastic when it gets disposed of into the environment, and how might it affect us?
Image credit: Scott Cromwell
Chameleons
Chameleons hold a fascinating blend of traits that scientists have been studying for many years.
Image credit: ©Tom Bech (attribution)
Keystone species
If a keystone species is lost, the entire ecosystem can collapse.

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TWDK magnifying glassBiochemistry is a broad area of chemistry covering the chemical processes involved in life itself.

TWDK magnifying glassBiomechanics applies the principles of physics and engineering to understanding biological systems.

TWDK magnifying glassBiomedicine looks at the underlying mechanisms of disease.

TWDK magnifying glassBiophysics uses the principles of physics to study life at every level, from atoms and molecules, to cells, organisms and environments.

TWDK magnifying glassCytology also known as cell biology, cytology is the study of cells - the building blocks of life.

TWDK magnifying glassDevelopmental Biology is the study of how organisms grow and develop, from how genes influence cells, to how organisms change throughout their lives.

TWDK magnifying glassEcology is the study of how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment.

TWDK magnifying glassEvolutionary Biology looks at how plants and animals are affected by the process of evolution by natural selection.

TWDK magnifying glassGenetics is the study of genes - the stretches of DNA found in almost every creature which acts as the blueprint for their bodies.

TWDK magnifying glassMicrobiology is the study of the smallest, usually single-celled, organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

TWDK magnifying glassMolecular Biology looks at the structure of cells, and the systems within them at the molecular level, to understand how they work and interact.

TWDK magnifying glassNeuroscience is the study of the central nervous system, including the brain.

TWDK magnifying glassPalaeontology is the study of life which existed prior to the current "Holocene" geological epoch.

TWDK magnifying glassPhotobiology is the study of how cells and organisms change physically and chemically in response to non-ionising radiation.

TWDK magnifying glassPhysiology focuses on organisms at the system level. It aims to explain how these systems, which can range from a single cell to a whole organism, carry out their functions.

TWDK magnifying glassRadiobiology studies the effects of ionising radiation on living organisms.

TWDK magnifying glassZoology or animal biology, is the study of biology relating to the animal kingdom.

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