June 30, 2014

6:31 AM | Birdbooker Report 326-7
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
4:05 AM | Jerry Coyne sees a picture of my poster on twitter, is a dick
Last week I was in Raleigh, NC for Evolution 2014, this year’s edition of the annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biology, and the American Society of Naturalists. I brought a poster that presented some work I’ve been doing on how noise (e.g., environmental fluctuation) can […]

June 29, 2014

9:16 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Michael D L Johnson and Black Science Blog
Welcome to my seventh installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing Dr. Michael D L Johnson and Black... -- Read more on
6:30 PM | The University of Google – Armchair Science & Medicine
Sometimes, parents have to fight like tigers to advocate for their kids. I think we’ve all had unfortunate run-ins with healthcare professionals who have the bedside manner of a prickly […]
6:23 AM | Going off the Grid for Pillow Lavas
Tatogga Lake, British Columbia – We’ve been traveling for four days and have finally arrived at our destination: Tatogga Lake. Tomorrow, we’ll be traveling by helicopter to our field site. It’s the first helicopter ride for most of us and we’re pretty excited about the birds-eye view of our subglacial pillow ridge (not to mention […]
1:06 AM | Garden gnome drone
TPP thinks he's on to something. First, let's assume you have a ceramic garden gnome because you cannot find anything more interesting to put in your garden like a chair. Second, never under estimate how lazy people can be. So the innovative thought here is to make a ceramic garden gnome drone.  The gnome functions as camouflage for the drone. There you are on the patio with a nice cold cocktail, and you want to know how much it rained last […]

June 28, 2014

7:04 AM | Pillows, and Dikes, and Bears. Oh My!
Guest Bloggers: Mary Reinthal, Julia Franceschi, and Liz Plascencia Greetings from Smithers, British Columbia! It is day three on the road and we are less then 2 days away from arriving at our field site – Pillow Ridge here we come! So far we have seen an array of fascinating geological features, including massive walls […]
2:34 AM | Muscles Love Oxytocin: So-Called “Hug Hormone” Important In Muscle Regeneration
I’ve written before about the most lovable molecule on the planet, oxytocin, and how it isn’t the warm and fuzzy chemical it’s purported to be. Though you’ll often hear it referred to as the ‘love hormone’ or the ‘trust molecule’, oxytocin has a wide variety of effects in our bodies. For the most part, though, […]The post Muscles Love Oxytocin: So-Called “Hug Hormone” Important In Muscle Regeneration appeared first on Science […]

June 27, 2014

10:48 PM | Nadal – Neanderthal or not?
With Wimbledon in full swing and Rafael Nadal looking as fearsome as ever I’ve decided that the middle-class British sporting world and the world of physical anthropology should collide. I’ve always thought Mr. Nadal looks a bit Neanderthal-y, and it seem as though the internet agrees with me. But would Nadal be as good at […]
7:51 PM | Where did June go?
Next week is the 4th of July?  What?  Where did June go?  Dang, guess we've been busy because June just evaporated. Several signs suggest everything but us are on schedule. Had some black raspberries for breakfast; they aren't cultivated, just "tended" in the wildish black raspberry preserve at the rear of our property. Had 2/3s of a garden tomato, the 1st, and it was wonderful, but some tomato-loving critter ate a big chunk out of it. Typical. Having a […]
6:22 PM | Tracing the Roots of Beautiful Bird Hues
Baby flamingos are fluffy and adorably awkward. But they’re not pink. The fuzzy infants start off as white …
2:58 PM | New Books Party: books received this week | @GrrlScientist
A plethora of phenomenal books await your inquisitive mind this week!Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or books that I purchased. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world. Continue reading...

June 26, 2014

6:12 PM | Let's see what unfolds!
Usually we await the opening of flower buds to see how the flower looks, but sometimes, the flower bud itself is pretty attractive. This flower bud is from a plant growing, on its own, just outside an access door to our greenhouse in a gravel bed used to fill in space between some building electrical equipment and the foundation of the greenhouse, not the most hospitable of places, so yes, the plant is a tad weedy, but no so much so that it isn't used as an […]
4:01 PM | Why do snakes flick their tongues?
This post will soon be available in SpanishEste puesto estará pronto disponible en españolYou've probably seen it before - a snake extends its forked tongue, waves it around rapidly, then retracts it. Creepy, right? What do they do that for anyway? Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes are many and ancient. Aristotle reasoned that it provided snakes with "a twofold pleasure from savours, their gustatory sensation being as it were doubled". 17th century Italian […]
2:41 PM | #Evol2014 in tweets
Getting free banana from anti-evolutionist on street outside #Evol2014— Mohamed Noor (@mafnoor) June 21, 2014 I think it’s fair to say that I was a pioneer of Twitter at the Evolution meetings—back when I set up the website for … Continue reading →
11:13 AM | Just-So Science: revisiting Kipling’s kangaroos and elephants
A very short post here to plug BBC Radio 4′s excellent second series of “Just So Science,” 15 minute stories involving a reading of parts of Rudyard Kipling’s great British/natural history stories, and then examining how the science of today informs us about the real lives of animals, without resorting to just-so stories a la […]
2:40 AM | Fun times with whooping cough in #DavisCA
Just got this email.  I have removed the specific sender / facility since that does not seem needed for my purposes here.  I have replaced the name of the site with "Our Facility". Anyway - thought some people would be interested in the things that can happen when too many people in your community do not vaccinate their kids. From: Office Administration Subject: Possible Exposure to Whooping Cough - PertussisDate: June 25, 2014 at 12:55:59 PM PDTTo: Office […]
12:20 AM | Fairness: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and What It Might Be For
How much of our view of what's "fair" is determined by peer pressure, in order to avoid ostracism and form alliances?
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