GIF Earth – GIFs from space

I’m working on developing my first Android app right now and it involves pulling a lot of interesting data and imagery from NASA. One of my favourite sources of space imagery is NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). It was launched aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in February 2015 and sits at the Earth-Sun Lagrange-1 point …

Palaeontology in evo-devo

I’ve always found palaeontology fascinating, probably due to my love of dinosaurs from an early age. These days I have a different appreciation of palaeontology because of the fact that development evolves. I’ve met several people who believe that evo-devo (evolutionary developmental biology) is all about genomics and has little to do with fossils these days. …

Homology: it’s just similarity, right?

I recently had a discussion where the word “homology” was thrown around very loosely by someone who should probably know better. Those who have at least heard of the word might think it has something do with things being similar. Those with an interest in biology, especially evolutionary biology, probably realise it’s more complicated than …