The fact that surface area and volume increase faster than an object’s linear dimensions has profound and widespread implications for biology. All living things feed, breathe and get around, but the various mechanisms used for them rely on biophysics that works best within certain size domains. As organisms get larger or smaller, they need solutions appropriate to their scale.

So much to learn, and so few articles that are fun and educational.

How large are the cells of a blue whale compared to those of a fruit fly?

Are sponges (more like) plants or animals?

Refers to a classic from the m_w feed:

Trampoline Question


this is why I'm trying to read cell biology by the numbers but every time I pick it up I remind myself I'll forget it all anyway

posted by wasoxygen: 159 days ago