Muting Questions #8 – Why are we not allergic to everything?

Okay, so Immunology is crazy complicated and there are many things that we don’t know yet, but let me explain why this question actually make sense. In my opinion, what most people think when we talk about allergies is that the body is reacting for no reason to external substances, like pollen, dust or some…

Why ecology is important for global warming?

I already mentioned that, in my opinion, one of the main reason for which people struggle to understand climate change is that many of the consequences are purely ecological. I completely get it, me personally as a biologist I still struggle to completely have a complete view on the matter as well. My goal is…

Muting Questions #7 – Why is Global Warming actually bad?

If you’re reading this you should already know what global warming is and why it’s a problem and you should be aware of the meaning of terms like greenhouse effect, climate change, ocean acidification, glaciers melting, raising see levels and many more.. If you don’t, please leave this page now and go yourself informed on…

Lab and Kitchen – Two different places for the same process??

As you might remember in my Magic and Science post I talked about how the progress of science discoveries have many similarities with Magic. I think is pretty nice to give people an idea of what doing science may mean. Definitely it’s not something easy to convey, but I’ll give it another try today with a curious…

LDS – Che cos’è un mitocondrio e cosa se ne fa di un DNA??

Benvenuti! Prima, dopo o durante la lettura di questo post, abbiate cura di guardare il video associato di LDS!! Vi siete mai chiesti dove troviamo l’energia che ci serve? O meglio, come ricaviamo energia dal cibo che mangiamo e digeriamo? Per rispondere dovremmo andare ad ore e ore di lezioni di fisiologia e biochimica ma…

Muting Questions #6 – Are we parasites?

Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and their environment. Two particularly interesting interactions occur between Predators and Preys and a slightly different between Hosts and Parasites. Predator-prey interactions are a typical study topic for ecological and evolutionary dynamics. It’s quite inuitive for us to understand that predator and prey exert a selective pressure…

DNA – three layers of information?

Some time ago in the “Jaw Drop #3 – A DNA’s orchestra” post I talked about how important DNA is for our lives. I emphasized what an extraordinary molecule DNA is both for its simplicity and for its utility. I remarked how nowadays everybody have at least heard of the “big molecule”, but unfortunately, most…

The difficulty of understanding nature

A precious thing that being a biologist gives you is the ability to see the world in a different way. As you can imagine this includes many different aspects, most of them very subjective. One of my favorite biologist-peculiar special views is how we see our place in the universe. By our place I mean…

My name is.. – Naming can be hard!

If you have a field of knowledge, it being a hobby for coins collection, passion for football or a science, you need names. You want to know which coins are part of your collection, you want to know your favorite players and similarly you want to know what you find/study and talk about. This is…