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July 23, 2014

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12:00 PM | Let's Get Loud
Biology concepts – vocalizations, mechanical sounds, sonar, decibels, stridulation Today it seems that truth is more complex than ever. van Goethe was a German statesman and a very successful writer. He wrote novels, scientific treatises, lyric poems, as well as dramas. Born in 1749, one might say that his quote was true for his day; it was a simpler time. But think how simple our time will seem to those who live a hundred years from now – unless we’ve found our way back to […]

Van Belle S, Estrada A & Garber PA (2014). The function of loud calls in black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra): Food, mate, or infant defense?, American journal of primatology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865565

Sueur J, Mackie D & Windmill JF (2011). So small, so loud: extremely high sound pressure level from a pygmy aquatic insect (Corixidae, Micronectinae)., PloS one, 6 (6) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21698252

McDonald, M., Hildebrand, J. & Mesnick, S. (2009). Worldwide decline in tonal frequencies of blue whale songs, Endangered Species Research, 9 13-21. DOI: 10.3354/esr00217

Anker A, Ahyong ST, Noël PY & Palmer AR (2006). Morphological phylogeny of alpheid shrimps: parallel preadaptation and the origin of a key morphological innovation, the snapping claw., Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 60 (12) 2507-28. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17263113

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July 18, 2014

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12:51 PM | Scientists Create Alcohol-Resistant Worms That Might Cure Alcoholism
Image showing the effects of alchohol in Caenorhabditis elegans and..humansCredit: Jon Pierce-Shimomura from The University of Texas, Austin.A couple of days ago, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Texas, Austin announced that they have created a new strain of mutant worms which is impervious to the intoxicating effects of alcohol!To create the alcohol-immune worms, the researchers implanted a modified human alcohol target – a neuronal channel called the BK channel […]

Davis, S., Scott, L., Hu, K. & Pierce-Shimomura, J. (2014). Conserved Single Residue in the BK Potassium Channel Required for Activation by Alcohol and Intoxication in C. elegans, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (29) 9562-9573. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0838-14.2014

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12:51 PM | Scientists Create Alcohol-Resistant Worms That Might Cure Alcoholism
Image showing the effects of alchohol in Caenorhabditis elegans and..humansCredit: Jon Pierce-Shimomura from The University of Texas, Austin.A couple of days ago, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Texas, Austin announced that they have created a new strain of mutant worms which is impervious to the intoxicating effects of alcohol!To create the alcohol-immune worms, the researchers implanted a modified human alcohol target – a neuronal channel called the BK channel […]

Davis, S., Scott, L., Hu, K. & Pierce-Shimomura, J. (2014). Conserved Single Residue in the BK Potassium Channel Required for Activation by Alcohol and Intoxication in C. elegans, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (29) 9562-9573. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0838-14.2014

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