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April 01, 2015

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6:11 PM | Pig’s For Dinner
One of the things that was raised during the MOOC was scientists’ usage of euphemistic language (and also, my dislike of provocative language when I’m trying to promote animal welfare). It’s a topic I’ve been interested in for a while … Continue reading →
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3:06 PM | My 1st Zoologger Piece: Fish Keep Intruders Away With Boatwhistles
The Lusitanian toadfish has an extensive repertoire of sounds, including grunts, whistles, and croaks. New research shows one reason why male fish whistle: to keep intruding males out of their nests. Read the whole story at New Scientist: Zoologger: Bagpiper Fish Keeps Intruders Away With Song .

March 31, 2015

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3:16 PM | Feb 2015: Damien Farine, penguins who can't taste, and shiny tree swallows
This month, I find out that penguins can’t tell the difference between savoury and sweet. I also chat with Sonia Van Wijk from The Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, about what makes a male tree swallow attractive to a female who's on the look-out for more than one partner. And in the Scientific spark, I talk to social network whizz Damien Farine, from the University of Oxford, about his path into science. Download the MP3Adelie penguins […]

March 30, 2015

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6:35 PM | Methylation and cell type differences
Methylation and cell type differences Watch for other articles from Nugent et al., that attest to the obvious involvement of epigenetic effects on RNA-mediated cell type differentiation. Eventually, these researchers will need to differentiate cause and effect that has been...Read more
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3:32 PM | Gut Feelings
This boy may be influencing who he will marry when he grows up. Photo by Orrling at Wikimedia Commons.Animals (including humans) are swarming with microorganisms both on and in our bodies. Humans harbor so many different microorganisms that we have over 150 times more microbial genes than mammalian genes, and it is reasonable to suspect that this scenario is similar for most animals. But before you run to soak in a tub of hand sanitizer, you should realize that many of these microorganisms are […]

Cryan, J. & Dinan, T. (2015). More than a Gut Feeling: the Microbiota Regulates Neurodevelopment and Behavior, Neuropsychopharmacology, 40 (1) 241-242. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2014.224

Ezenwa, V., Gerardo, N., Inouye, D., Medina, M. & Xavier, J. (2012). Animal Behavior and the Microbiome, Science, 338 (6104) 198-199. DOI: 10.1126/science.1227412

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2:41 AM | Swarm Sunday: 1/1/2015 – 3/28/2015
  Well, it’s that time of year again!  Swarms have already started popping up in the US, even though it’s still pretty early to have them.  Here’s the swarms that have been reported since the beginning of the year: USA: San Diego, CA Boynton Beach, FL Brandon, FL Fort Lauderdale, FL Brazil: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina […]

March 29, 2015

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4:17 PM | Anatomy of a Break – Chronicles of Bobo Part One
The black and white cat you sometimes see in the Fluffy Sciences banner is called Bobo. I met Bobo in January 2010, back when she was called Bono, and was my friend Sophie’s cat. Only six months earlier I had … Continue reading →

March 28, 2015

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7:26 PM | Olfaction, ecology, and intelligence
“I should think we might fairly gauge the future of biological science, centuries ahead by estimating the time it will take to reach a complete comprehensive understanding of odor. It may not seem a profound enough problem to dominate all...Read more
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4:00 AM | Pond Dwellers (Friday Five)
I’ve been spending a lot of time photographing aquatic insects recently.  I’ve been very busy at work, so I find it relaxing to sit and watch my little tank full of insects in the evenings, observing their behaviors and photographing them.  Next week I’ll share another developmental series like the snail series I posted last week, […]

March 27, 2015

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4:00 PM | Music to a Cat’s Ears
 A recently published study has shown that cats are attracted to music that was specifically designed for them. This is important work, given all the claims that are made about effect of music “designed for” dogs and cats. Although there are several interesting studies this issue, the studies have traditionally compared different types of musical […]
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1:19 PM | My Last Zoologic Post
Thank you, and goodbye for now, from Zoologic. See the post here .
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