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January 06, 2015

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10:11 PM | Archive for Sexology: Sex and Smell
Ingelore Ebberfeld, Ph.D. Sex and Smell Excerpt: 5. Bibliography Kohl, James Vaughn/Francoeur, Robert T. (1995): The scent of eros. Mysteries of odor in human sexuality. New York. Full text: The following are excerpts from a study conducted by Dr. Ingelore...Read more
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9:58 PM | Archive of Sexology: From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior
  Milton Diamond Ph.D., Teresa Binstock, and James V. Kohl From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior Originally published in: Hormones and Behaviour, 30, 333-353 (1996) Reproduced here by permission of the author. This paper is dedicated to Robert (Bob) W....Read more
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9:52 PM | Archive for Sexology: Kohl reviews Janov’s Biology of Love
The Archive for Sexology where the author’s copy of this award-winning article has been available for several years has been solely supported for 10 years by the efforts and expenses of Professor Erwin Haeberle. I learned that he is unable...Read more
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9:39 PM | Archive for Sexology. Author’s copy: The Mind’s Eyes (21092 words)
The Archive for Sexology where the author’s copy of this award-winning article has been available for several years has been solely supported for 10 years by the efforts and expenses of Professor Erwin Haeberle. I learned that he is unable...Read more
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7:30 AM | The Handicap Principle. Why we behave extravagantly
In the ethologic science, there are many original theories which surprisingly reveal some seemingly strange traits and behaviors. One of these theories, an extremely interesting one, called The Handicap Principle, has been suggested by the Israeli ethologist Amotz Zahavi. According to him, certain phenotypic animal traits or behaviors seem to be, on the first look, […] The post The Handicap Principle. Why we behave extravagantly appeared first on Social Ethology.

January 05, 2015

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11:17 PM | My Mini Moth Mystery
It’s winter in North Carolina.  That’s not to say that it’s cold here everyday because that’s certainly not the case.  It was close to 75 degrees yesterday!  But, we have had some very cold days and several nights where the temps have dropped well below freezing.  It’s cold enough that there aren’t many insects out, […]
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9:39 PM | Caught in My Web: Ants as a Liquid, Beautiful Bees, Ant Zombies, Tumbling Spiders and More Insect Oddities
Image by Luc Viatour at Wikimedia.For this edition of Caught in My Web, we explore all kinds of creepy crawly weirdness.1. Ant colonies have the amazing property of being able to act both as a solid and as a liquid. IFL Science! and the New York Times highlight how the physics of ants can inspire the production of self-healing structures.2. From Wired: This fly species invades ant brains… then pop their heads off! 3. This Moroccan spider tumbles away from danger, likely crippling […]
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7:32 PM | Journal Club: Halfsider: a bizarre half-male half-female bird
SUMMARY: A “halfsider” -- half male and half female bird -- has been mentioned in the news over the holidays. More properly known as bilateral gynandromorphs or tetragametic chimæras, these unusual birds are actually two genetically distinct individuals -- twins -- fused into one being. But what is it like to be such an individual? A recently published paper shares observations of the behaviour and social life of one such individual living in the wild. . "Halfsider" Northern […]
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3:28 PM | Meet Madagascar’s Top Predator, the Fossa
The fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is the largest carnivorous mammal on the island of Madagascar. It looks like a cross between a cat, a dog, and a mongoose. Fossas have slender bodies, muscular limbs, and short, reddish-brown coats. They have small, cat-like heads, short, dog-like muzzles, and large, rounded ears. So what is a fossa? Read my latest Zoologic post: The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Fossa .

January 03, 2015

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10:49 PM | Insect Macrophotography with a Canon Powershot SX60
I was given a new camera for my birthday last month.  As you all probably know, I LOVE my cameras and I take photos with them all the time.  The new camera, a Canon Powershot SX60, was an unlikely interest of mine.  I am not what you might consider an early adopter of new technology.  […]

January 02, 2015

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4:44 PM | Fluffy Friday – Visualising Risk
Happy Hogmanay my lovelies! I am, as you read this, most likely still recovering as in Scotland we take two public holiday days to get over the Hogmanay celebrations. Myself and Athena are probably both curled up on the sofa … Continue reading →
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11:03 AM | Dec 2014: Innes Cuthill and tropical lizards
Professor Innes Cuthill from the University of Bristol describes his Scientific Spark. Danielle Klomp from the University of New South Wales, tells me about two populations of gliding lizard that have diverged in gliding membrane colouration to match the colours of their local falling leaves, and that mimicking falling leaves is an adaptation that functions to reduce predation by birds. I also find out how birds heard tornadoes coming and fled one day ahead. Download the MP3Falling leaf mimic - […]
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2:14 AM | Best of 2014 and a Resolution
A lot of bloggers do best of the year compilations at the end of the year, and I focus mine on insect photos.  Because I haven’t gotten to be very active on my blog this year, you all haven’t even seen a lot of my favorite photos yet!  This year, rather than posting just my favorite photos […]

January 01, 2015

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4:21 PM | Solving biology’s mysteries by learning about ecology and pseudoscience
All biological energy comes from the sun. See: Solving Biology’s Mysteries Using Quantum Mechanics Excerpt: “The holy grail is to find that quantum effects stimulate biological processes that are relevant to medicine,” says Al-Khalili. “Looking to the long term, if...Read more

December 31, 2014

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5:03 PM | Amino acid homeostasis for a Happy New Year!
Works by Christ et al., continue to attest to the rejuvenating power of blood. For example, in the context of epigenetic pharmacology and regenerative medicine, one protein in the blood has been linked to health via nutrient-dependent amino acid substitutions...Read more
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4:48 PM | My 2014, in pictures (and also words)
2014 is drawing to a close; it’s been a weird year, and I didn’t realise until now quite how much I’ve neglected writing posts on here. I have been spending more time on photography, although you will have to indulge the first section of this post being filled with photos taken by others… LEVEL UP: … Continue reading My 2014, in pictures (and also words) →
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1:36 PM | Why Do Rock Sparrows Decorate Their Nests?
When you read the word ‘communication’, you probably think of language in some form, likely spoken or written. This is because, as humans, we’re obsessed with communicating through language; it’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 30, 2014

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7:40 PM | Twisted wings, twisted sex
Some time ago, I wrote a post on here. It was reasonably popular, but I deleted it for foolish reasons. However, I no longer care about those reasons, so now I’ve edited it slightly and it’s back! Enjoy? ENJOY! If you’re the type of person who frequents animal behaviour blogs, you probably love yourself some … Continue reading Twisted wings, twisted sex →

December 29, 2014

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11:28 PM | How To Get Into An Animal Behavior Graduate Program: Deciding Where to Apply
Is the idea of grad school stressing you out?Image by freedigitalphotos.net.If you are contemplating applying to graduate school in scientific research, the choice of where to apply can feel overwhelming. Each scientific field can be broken down into countless sub-fields. Each sub-field has countless researchers studying countless topics. How do you know which to choose? What if your choices pigeon-hole your career before you even get it off the ground? What schools have the best programs? What […]
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6:10 PM | 2015 New Year’s Resolutions?
Ah yes, it’s that time of year. Out with the old, in with the new–with all the dreams and hopes and resolutions that come along with the annual ritual of taking down the old wall calendar and putting up a new one. I learned long ago that casually made New Year’s resolutions are quickly broken, […]

December 28, 2014

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1:18 AM | Understanding cell type differentiation
The Wisdom of the Fly Crowds by Ed Yong Excerpt: “This is a landmark study of collective behaviour,” says Iain Couzin… “Never before has it been possible to unweave the intricate coding of social behaviour during collective decision-making.” When it...Read more
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