The current alarm about the coronavirus outbreak in China had again shown us how vulnerable we are to the humblest of creatures. Their success lies in their simplicity: invade, replicate, propagate; and from that leaves a trail of misery in their wake.
Maybe one day we can harness their abilities. But for now, they are not our friend.
Without segmentation, organisms would lack sophisticated means of movement and complex body structures that enable advanced functions. Segmentation provides the means for an organism to travel and protect its sensitive organs from damage. The ability to divide functions into different portions of the body allows an organism to perform increasingly complex activities and use different segments to perform varying functions.
So the next time you bend down and touch your feet, thank your far-flung, worm-like ancestors for that.
Carbon is the element of life. We've discussed this topic from the viewpoint of biology but how would a chemist look into the life-giving nature of carbon? Biology is basically applied chemistry after all, would a chemist rob biology of the beauty and mystery of life?
Or would we better understand and realize that everything in this universe is co-dependent on each other?
If you dig down into the Earth far enough, you will notice the gradually decreasing complexity of life that came before us, interrupted now and then by periods of extinction. But what if there is a gap of complexity that can't be explained? A sudden, inexplicable layer of the strangest most alien creatures to ever walked (swam?) the Earth? And what's more, before that, there is practically nothing in comparison to them?
Have we found the moment when God's hand meddles in Earthly matters?