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July 29, 2014

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4:02 PM | When Mom and Dad Have Different Migratory Routes, Kids Fly Right Down the Middle
It sounds like the setup to a bad joke told by zoologists: What do you get when you cross a bird that always flies to the west with one that always flies east? But the punch line is weirder than you’d guess. Birds’ migratory routes are partly coded into their DNA. A baby that inherits […]The post When Mom and Dad Have Different Migratory Routes, Kids Fly Right Down the Middle appeared first on Inkfish.

Delmore, K. & Irwin, D. (2014). Hybrid songbirds employ intermediate routes in a migratory divide, Ecology Letters, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12326

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July 25, 2014

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1:45 PM | Some Bees Are Busier Than Others
It may be time to leave “busy as a bee” with other dubious animal similes like “happy as a clam” and “drunk as a skunk.” That’s because some bees, it turns out, aren’t all that busy. A small group of hive members do the bulk of the foraging, while their sisters relax at home. But […]The post Some Bees Are Busier Than Others appeared first on Inkfish.

Tenczar, P., Lutz, C., Rao, V., Goldenfeld, N. & Robinson, G. (2014). Automated monitoring reveals extreme interindividual variation and plasticity in honeybee foraging activity levels, Animal Behaviour, 95 41-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.006

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July 23, 2014

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1:59 PM | How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin’s Library
It’s always a good idea to bring reading material on your trips, whether you plan to have some airport downtime or you’re spending five years floating on the ocean. When Charles Darwin departed in 1831 for his trip around the world on the HMS Beagle, he had a well-stocked library. But the collection wasn’t saved, and […]The post How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin’s Library appeared first on Inkfish.

July 18, 2014

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3:01 PM | Baboons Trade Morning Favors for All-Day Payoffs
Primates basically invented “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Baboons, for example, trade grooming for favors from other troop members. Social relationships are important to the monkeys. But it seems they put more effort into certain relationships depending on the time of day: in the morning, lower-ranking baboons invest more energy in grooming […]The post Baboons Trade Morning Favors for All-Day Payoffs appeared first on Inkfish.

July 15, 2014

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4:18 PM | Here’s What Happens When You Put Camera Traps in Trees
The world holds very few unexplored places between zero and six feet off the ground. If humans can walk right up to it and take a picture, we probably already have. But the tops of the trees, like the bottom of the ocean, are a different story. “We know so much less about arboreal mammal […]The post Here’s What Happens When You Put Camera Traps in Trees appeared first on Inkfish.

Gregory, T., Carrasco Rueda, F., Deichmann, J., Kolowski, J. & Alonso, A. (2014). Arboreal camera trapping: taking a proven method to new heights, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5 (5) 443-451. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12177

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July 09, 2014

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3:19 PM | Say No to Nocebo: How Doctors Can Keep Patients’ Minds from Making Them Sicker
“First, do no harm,” the saying goes, but that might be close to impossible. Just as our expectations can make us feel better, they can also make us feel much worse. This means that how doctors phrase their instructions or introduce new drugs may have a real impact on our health. But some doctors are […]The post Say No to Nocebo: How Doctors Can Keep Patients’ Minds from Making Them Sicker appeared first on Inkfish.

Bingel, U. (2014). Avoiding Nocebo Effects to Optimize Treatment Outcome, JAMA, DOI: 10.1001/jama.2014.8342

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July 04, 2014

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2:22 PM | The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon
Happy Independence Day! Here’s hoping all your fireworks are experienced externally. This post first appeared in October 2012. **************** The Shambulance is an occasional series in which I try to find the truth about bogus or overhyped health products. Physiologist Steven Swoap is with me at the helm. If you’ve been tempted by promotions for “colon hydrotherapy”—that […]The post The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your […]

July 01, 2014

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1:25 PM | To Feed the World, Try Legos
“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.

Lind, K., Sizmur, T., Benomar, S., Miller, A. & Cademartiri, L. (2014). LEGO® Bricks as Building Blocks for Centimeter-Scale Biological Environments: The Case of Plants, PLoS ONE, 9 (6) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100867

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