Deep in the Peruvian rain forest, a helicopter descends into a clearing. Moving quickly, its passengers emerge from its open side doors and spring nimbly to the ground the moment its skids touch the surface. They have to move fast to get their equipment unloaded and operational. Time is of the essence. The rest of […]
It never fails. Whenever we have any fruit in the house, not five minutes following the missus pouring herself a glass of her favorite pinot, I hear her utter a mild oath under her breath and notice that she’s playing lifeguard to a floundering Drosophila melanogaster. “Why do these things have to exist?” she exasperatedly exclaims […]
To those of us who are natural history museum enthusiasts, curators are the veritable high priestesses and priests of the temple. The opportunity to meet and chat with one during a visit, even if for only a few minutes, makes the day a red letter one indeed.
Dr. Erica McAlister knows quite a lot about flies – something that she no doubt finds handy as Collections Manager for Diptera, Siphonaptera, Archnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum. So as you might expect, news of her forthcoming book “The Secret Life of Flies” has been greeted with great excitement by naturalists around the world.