In the Image of Man

In the Image of Man

Take a second and think about what is it that makes man unique? What does he possess that no other creature possesses? One answer that comes readily to mind is man’s mind itself. Man’s intellectual achievements are unique in the animal world. Chidushei Torah, math, science, art, literature, medicine, and more – each of these […]

How Ants Communicate (and build air conditioned homes)

How Ants Communicate

Ants have never been accused of being too smart. An ant brain is rather small and an individual ant is capable of making only simple, uncomplicated decisions. And yet ants as a whole are extremely impressive and are capable of extraordinary feats. And so one can wonder, how are these rather simple creatures able to […]

Understanding the Code of Life (Part 2: Information)

DNA Blocks by Duncan Hull

A number of years back my grandmother z”l became too old to cook anymore.  And so it happened that on one of my visits to her I asked for (and received) her recipe box.  I wanted those recipes for one simple reason – they contained the information needed to recreate that special something that my […]

What Happened Before the Big Bang?

CMB Timeline300_no_WMAP

What ‘happened’ or what was there before the Big Bang? The scientific truth seems to be that we really don’t know. But, one can speculate. And while I’m not a big fan of scientific speculation, I do want to note that the theory allows for one type of speculation which sounds rather familiar to anyone […]

The Orchid and the Bee (An Introduction to Symbiosis in Nature)

Orchid Bee Sleeping on Leaf

We tend to think of the natural world as a big fish eats little fish type world, a world where each and every creature competes against their fellow creatures in a fierce battle for survival. And while that may be true for creatures such as lions, tigers and (sometimes) bears, it’s not true for the […]