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February 01, 2015

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3:44 AM | The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta (2)
See also: The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta I’ll preface this follow-up on the origins of the mammalian placenta with comments that attest to foolishness of theoretical physicists who try to link Big Bang cosmology to neo-Darwinian theories about...Read more

January 31, 2015

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2:42 PM | Stick Insect Eggs Can Ride The Seas
[Another version of this story first appeared on Cosmos Magazine Online] If you live in Taiwan and would like your children to travel to Japan, how might you? Your short wings cannot fly, and your six legs paddle like needles. Faced with such odds, the stick insect, Megacrania tsudai, an insect that cannot travel far […]

January 30, 2015

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9:43 PM | 6 years of Dormivigilia and how to get that Science paper
It’s hard to believe that Dormivigilia is going six years strong. Sure, I don’t post as often as I did in graduate school, but hopefully my readers haven’t given up total hope. From being selected as the official neuroblogger of the neuroendocrine and homeostatic section at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting five times in […]
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7:50 PM | The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta
Summary: In this open access journal article, Gunter Wagner’s group eliminates assumptions about mutations and ends the obfuscation of biologically-based cause and effect. Experimental evidence links ecological variation via non-living viruses to ecological adaptations manifested in the biodiversity of morphological...Read more
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3:13 PM | Order Matters in Lizard Visual Displays
The order of specific units, or syntax, is important for many types of acoustic communication, including human speech and birdsong. But does the effectiveness of visual communication depend on syntax as well? Read about how syntax affects responses to visual displays in the jacky dragon in my latest Zoologic post: In Lizard Visual Displays, Order Matters .
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11:41 AM | Great Teaching Moments of 2014 (Friday 5)
One of the best parts of my job is getting to lead a variety of educational programs for the public at the field station where I work.  Though I don’t get to form the bonds with my students that used to be a part of teaching at a university, it’s still great fun to watch […]
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3:40 AM | Quantum Superpositions: let there be light
Ideal Negative Measurements in Quantum Walks Disprove Theories Based on Classical Trajectories Reported as: Atoms can be in two places at the same time Excerpt: “This is not yet a proof that quantum mechanics hold for large objects,” cautions Alberti....Read more

January 29, 2015

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4:19 AM | Are viruses microRNAs? (2)
The role of microRNAs in cell type differentiation can be compared in the context of the role of viruses and mutations that cause cancer. Facts provide a basis for explaining the biological basis of epigenetically-effected cell type differentiation in species...Read more
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12:00 AM | Pining for Summer (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)
I know I don’t exactly live in the Arctic or anything, but I’ve been really cold recently.  It’s cold in my office at work, it’s cold in my house (both are very poorly insulated with spotty heating), and I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that humidity makes it feel a lot colder than […]

January 28, 2015

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6:31 PM | Goodbye Skymall, Purveyor of Human Dreams
It is a positive tragedy that Skymall has filed for bankruptcy. As a scientist, flying all over the world, Skymall is sometimes the best distraction you can find – and I have long been fascinated by their products for pets. … Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Cannibalism in the Animal Kingdom
In my latest Zoologic post, I take a look at cannibals in the animal kingdom: Who does it, and why? Cannibalism may be a major taboo for humans, but for many other species it makes good evolutionary sense. Read the whole story here: Animal Cannibalism: Who Does It and Why .
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3:13 AM | Are viruses microRNAs?
Evolution of Intelligent Viruses and Jumping Genes Conclusion: “…it is intelligent warfare between mobile genetic elements and the epigenetic responses of the cell that, most likely, determines evolution.” My comment: This conclusion appears to place biologically-based cause and effect into...Read more

January 27, 2015

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5:43 PM | Sneaking up from behind (2)
See Sneaking up from behind and Physicists: Desperate Acts Biochemical communications as a prerequisite for dark photon communications? Excerpt 1) “…there have been innumerable links to various hot topics in biology about which I know virtually nothing. I have managed...Read more
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3:02 PM | Sneaking up from behind
I’ve been busy following the current research and attempting to discuss it, which led me to not finish this blog post. I started writing it last week. Since then, as I had anticipated, others have tried to sneak up from...Read more
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4:18 AM | Quantum entanglement, mass, and biomass
Joseph Kover seems closer than most other physicists to linking light-induced amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation and biomass via the biophysically constrained chemistry of protein folding.  Today he posted notice of the following publication with the comment: “…...Read more

January 26, 2015

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6:37 PM | New Directions in Canine Behavior: Open Access til Feb 6, 2015
One of the challenges for those interested in dog behavior is keeping up with current research. Access to journal articles can require prohibitively expensive subscriptions or membership in a research institution with an extensive library system. That’s why open access journals, like Plos One are so valuable, and why I’m grateful to Monique Udell, the […]
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6:26 PM | The Bed Bug’s Piercing Penis (A Guest Post)
By Rachael Pahl Sex is a dangerous, but necessary, part of life. Across the animal kingdom, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong. You could be injured in a fight by someone who wants to steal your mate, or maybe your partner eats you because you’re taking too long. Either way, nature must have a pretty good reason for the traumatizing effects of sex. A male bed bug traumatically inseminates a female. Image by Rickard Ignell at the Swedish University of Agricultural […]

Morrow, E. & Arnqvist, G. (2003). Costly traumatic insemination and a female counter-adaptation in bed bugs, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270 (1531) 2377-2381. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2514

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4:26 PM | New on Zoologic: Grief in Dolphins
A new study adds Atlantic spotted dolphins to the list of animals that show nurturant behavior toward dead offspring. Are they grieving for their dead? Read the whole post on Zoologic: Do Dolphins Grieve?

January 25, 2015

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4:09 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 26 Weeks
For the second time in Athena’s life, her human has come home early from work and curled up on the sofa under a blanket, and refused to play games. She’s improved on her ‘nurse cat’ routine a little bit, but … Continue reading →
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4:36 AM | Physicists: Desperate Acts
Participation on the FB group Thinking Allowed Original led to an invite by Ulla Mattfolk to participate on her secret group  Quantum Biology, coherence and decoherence. On January 22 at 11:45pm, discussion led me to ask whether biophotonic energy differences could be recognized by the photons at...Read more
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12:11 AM | An epigenetic trap (the sequel)
I will post this “sequel” before the “prequel” about light-induced amino acid substitutions because more attempts are being made to deny that the fact my colleagues and I detailed how epigenetic traps links the morphology and behavior of species from...Read more

January 24, 2015

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4:20 PM | Why My Brain Wasn’t Accepted by Stanford
Making some noise about sounds
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4:20 PM | It's All in My Head
On the hunt for a miso-psych connection
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4:20 PM | Music to My Ears
Thank god we're not alone out there.
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4:20 PM | Bridging the Credibility Gap
Is this disorder real?
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4:20 PM | A Brain that Works Like a Child's Game
How my brain differs from yours
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4:20 PM | Up in the Air
A unique reason to hate flying.
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4:20 PM | Coming Out of a New Closet
Our family's big secret.
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4:20 PM | I Don't Like the Sound of That
A mortifying condition for which there is no cure.
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4:20 PM | What You Can Do to Stop Miso Suffering Part II
How miso sufferers can help themselves
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