Wonders of the Living World

Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life


Explore this collection of short articles on the topics covered in Wonders of the Living World. Each one either leads into, builds - or reflects - on some of the content of the book, and is written by a member of the project or a scientist we know.

Note: Each author has expressed her or his own views and experiences, and does not necessarily represent the views of The Faraday institute.

Introducing: Wonders of the Living World

Over the last few years we have been looking into new ways of seeing the living world, alongside…

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The Wonderful Thing About Nature

Pixabay My kids love Winnie the Pooh. They love to parade around our flat and sing, “The wonderful…

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The Incredible Properties of DNA

View of the structure of DNA by Виталий Смолыгин. License:Public Domain DNA must be one of the most…

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Why conserve wild nature?

When we are faced with issues of climate change, habitat loss, global population increase and the resulting demands…

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Supercooperators: Why we need each other to succeed

The simple act of buying a coffee and a croissant in a coffee shop rests on a massive…

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Book Preview: Is There Purpose in Biology? The cost of existence and the God of love

‘St George and the dragon’, an artistic interpretation of a T lymphocyte killing a cancer cell, Wellcome images,…

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How Biofriendly is the Universe?

Kepler-186f: artist’s concept. Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle It’s obvious that our own planet is friendly to life,…

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Rare Earth: Why ‘simple’ life may be common in the universe, but animals may be unique to our planet

Cropped from: Artist’s impression of a M dwarf star surrounded by planets. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Anyone who has watched…

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