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 44 articles and 58 specialist blog posts about biology so far, featuring 593 unanswered biology questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 221 biology research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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Researchers create the “whitest paint” — it reflects 98% of sunlight
19th April, 2021
Buildings in hot areas could greatly benefit from this -- and the paint could become widely available very soon.
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Graduation Ceremonies During A Pandemic Once Again
19th April, 2021
We will remember these two pandemic graduations and appreciate how fortunate we are to finally gather together in person. The post Graduation Ceremonies During A Pandemic Once Again appeared first on State of the Planet.
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Tinnitus helpline reports a surge in calls since start of the coronavirus pandemic
17th April, 2021
Scientists concerned virus or medication used for treating Covid is causing ear damage
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Meet 12 Columbia Graduates Taking on the Climate Crisis
16th April, 2021
These students are serious about Earth Day, and doing their part to protect the environment. They are committed to thinking and acting more sustainably. The post Meet 12 Columbia Graduates Taking on the Climate Crisis appeared first on State of the Planet.

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Bovine TB
There’s still a whole herd of things we don’t know about bovine TB, its nature, spread and the effects of badger culling: could culling reduce it - or make it worse?
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Toxoplasmosis
Can the toxoplasma gondii parasite change our personalities, behaviours and who we're attracted to?
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Hormesis
At low concentrations toxins, drugs, radiation and other “stressors” may improve health rather than damage it. Scientists are looking into why.
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Ambient chemistry
Chemists are exploring ways to mimic nature’s selective, low-temperature biochemical reactions that make delicate and reactive structures. Previously, chemists had copied high temperature geological reactions.
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Whisky
There’s a lot of chemistry going on in whisky. Despite tight regulations on food hygiene, processing and labelling, we still don’t know much about the chemistry of whisky – nor how they may affect us.
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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.

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Our latest biology blog posts

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Many are written by scientists about their ongoing research, others by the TWDK team.

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Resistance
Tuesday 23rd of March 2021
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What colour were the dinosaurs?
Tuesday 12th of January 2021
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Make me a monster
Saturday 31st of October 2020
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Zombies in nature
Monday 7th of September 2020
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Coronavirus 101
Sunday 21st of June 2020
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Gender and Pain
Friday 5th of June 2020
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Can't find what you're looking for? Browse the branches of biology that interest you most.

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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