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Biology as relevant to us earthly beings

Collapsed cod fishery shows signs of life

Perhaps our species’s greatest misconception about the sea was that it is inexhaustible. The idea seems rather silly now, in a world where most people are familiar with the word “overfishing.” But men once gazed into the deep and imagined that it teemed with life so plentiful that we could take and take without ever running out.Now we know that you can take too much...

August 1, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Don't forget the parasites! Reevaluating the pyramid of numbers

Just like astrophysicists seek underlying patterns in space/time, ecologists seek similar patterns in life on earth. And there's one they thought they had pegged: the pyramid of numbers.The first known pyramidal of numbers was drawn by Charles Elton in 1927 to explain the flow of energy through ecosystems...

July 26, 2011 — Hannah Waters

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Scientific American Health & Medicine