February 18th, 2018

For LABOCINE

           KEEPING TIME

Hourglasses, sundials, clocks, and calendars have all been methods we use to keep track of time. With a check of the watch (or smartphone) we can know whether we’re running late or we have time for a coffee stop. But timing things right isn’t always a conscious decision, or a trivial one. Organisms need to know when to hunt, migrate, hibernate, mate, molt, and flower, to list a few.

Here we look at time through multiple lenses, because meaningful information that winds one organism’s “clock” may be extracted differently than that information which winds another’s.

January 11th, 2018

For LABOCINE

     SUPERORGANISMAL

Superorganisms are harmonious, equilibrated, stable societies made up of altruistic organisms of the same species. In a superorgansim, the concept of “individual” is lost and the survival of the colony unit is sacrosanct. Only one or a few reproductively active queens has the capibility to pass on their genes, while sterile workers will ensure that she does indeed succeed.

Here we explore the inner functionings of ant hives—ants being a social insect and a prime example of the superorganism.