Resilient Heart – My Science Poem

Originally posted on Lifeology... Resilient Heart by Jordan Pennells Spinifex grass,the resilient heartof a sun-scorched nation. Across vast, arid landdeserted by allbut those that resistthe absence of rainfall. The resilience of lifein dry desert Australiais embodied by grassIndigenous in nature. For a dreamtime storyhas spiky, strong spinifexas a symbol of lifeand reproduction that reflects The... Continue Reading →

June #SciCommChallenge – Create An Infographic

In the month of June, Lifeology is setting forth the challenge to create a Science & Art infused infographic! Infographics are a great way to tell a scientific story, because information encoded in a graphical style simply connects more with your audience. “The human brain is more able to identify and comprehend relationships and patterns if data... Continue Reading →

Out of Shape: Why We Lose Our Fitness

Originally posted on LIFEApps... Why do we lose our fitness when we stop exercising? It’s a deceptively simple question. The explanation is derived from a time where energy, in the form of food, was the most precious resource around. Throughout our evolutionary history, our bodies developed a way to build and maintain fitness when physical... Continue Reading →

Measures of Fitness

Originally posted on LifeApps… Fitness is often at the top of the wish list for people thinking about their future. Some 66% of Americans make fitness their number one New Year’s Resolution each year [1]. But what exactly is fitness, and how do you know how far you’ve progressed in achieving it? If you make exercise a regular... Continue Reading →

Evolution is Sweet

Originally posted on LifeApps... Millions of years ago, in the middle of Africa’s jungles, our primate ancestors moved through the treetops in search of their food. The most energy-dense foods they could find were sugar-rich fruits. In an environment where predators could be around every corner, finding a fast-burning food source was essential for their... Continue Reading →

UQ Science 2018 Roundup

by Jordan Pennells Scientific research at the University of Queensland is flourishing, with UQ being internationally ranked #1 in biodiversity conservation (CWUR 2017), #4 for agriculture (NTU 2018) and #7 for biotechnology (ARWU 2018). But why rely on these metrics when you can immerse yourself in the research itself. Throughout this article, I have recapped... Continue Reading →

(Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Read on Twitter! (1/12) V. thought provoking seminar today @TRI_info by Prof John Huss entitled ‘Ecological medicine & medical ecology’. Discussed were ecological strategies for #coralremediation and the #microbiome. But more interesting was unpacking the #philosophy of biological research!.... (2/12) The field of microbiome #research is still very young, and it’s hard to get a handle on what is established and where exactly... Continue Reading →

Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells To take care of your health is to delay the inevitable biological deterioration of your body, to fight against the unyielding aging process. But there’s another way to view the process of aging, if we expand the time frame from an individual’s lifetime to evolutionary time.... Continue Reading →

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