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December 04, 2014

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3:58 PM | No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating
You may be physically fit right now, but if you spent all winter snoozing and starving, you’d emerge looking a lot more “pool noodle” than “beach body.” Yet mammals that hibernate don’t have that problem. Rather than stumbling out of their dens on atrophied legs, they hop right into hunting for food and dodging predators. How they manage this is […] The post No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating appeared […]

Hindle AG, Otis JP, Epperson LE, Hornberger TA, Goodman CA, Carey HV & Martin SL (2014). Prioritization of skeletal muscle growth for emergence from hibernation., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25452506

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December 01, 2014

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8:05 PM | A Surfeit of Salamanders: An Imagined Picture Book
If ever there was a scientific study that deserved to be a children’s picture book, this was it. Scientists belly-crawled through the forests of the Ozarks, flipping stones and looking for slimy things that wriggled away from them. They learned that the forest is secretly packed with salamanders in unfathomable numbers, as many as 10 […]The post A Surfeit of Salamanders: An Imagined Picture Book appeared first on Inkfish.

Semlitsch, R., O’Donnell, K. & Thompson, F. (2014). Abundance, biomass production, nutrient content, and the possible role of terrestrial salamanders in Missouri Ozark forest ecosystems, Canadian Journal of Zoology, 92 (12) 997-1004. DOI: 10.1139/cjz-2014-0141

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November 26, 2014

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2:35 PM | Illusion Makes People Speak with the Voice of Their Avatar
Think you’re in control of your own body? A simple virtual-reality session could not only make you feel like an avatar’s body is your own, but make you speak more like the digital character. First there was the rubber-hand illusion, a classic experiment that showed syncing up someone’s touch perceptions with what they see happening […]The post Illusion Makes People Speak with the Voice of Their Avatar appeared first on Inkfish.

Banakou D & Slater M (2014). Body ownership causes illusory self-attribution of speaking and influences subsequent real speaking., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25422444

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November 21, 2014

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1:58 PM | Termite Queen Clones Herself by Making Eggs Impervious to Sperm
Even kings and queens that have six legs and live underground aren’t immune to royal machinations. In one Asian termite species, queens choose to shut their mates out of the picture when it’s time to breed a successor. They simply clone themselves to make new queens. To keep the king’s genes away, the queen makes […]The post Termite Queen Clones Herself by Making Eggs Impervious to Sperm appeared first on Inkfish.
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