Month: July 2005

  • The Angler Fish………………………………….: “Another unusual adaptation in anglerfish is their sexual dimorphism. The males are very small in comparison with the females, and live as permanent parasites on the female. The male attaches himself, by biting, to the body of the female. His mouth fuses with her skin, and the bloodstreams of the two fishes […]

  • What’s Special About This Number? Think of a four-digit number. Now find out why it’s special.

  • Language of Prairie Dogs Includes Words for Humans Via Jim. Fascinating that we can decode the Prairie dog language, but we still can’t decode Linear A, the Minoan (possibly) language from before the birth of Christ or Rongorongo (the fantastically named Easter Island language.) That’s because the Prairie dogs speak in a language that has […]

  • So London got hit. A while ago I wrote a little memoir of what happened when Manchester got blown up by the IRA, it’s here. It’s not very good, but it was heartfelt at the time. Our perception of this bomb’s a little different; it’s been a while since we’ve been got. The last major […]

  • One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Philip K. Dick novel is his remarkable ability to blur the line between natural human beings and androids – human by artifice. For example, in his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, he uses devices like the mood organ to make his human characters seem more like […]