The Scorpion and the Frog
Rats giggle when they’re tickled and flatworms fence with their penises. Who knew? Explore the science behind animal behavior and see where we fit in this quirky world.
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Sometimes science just makes more sense with a beat. Last January, I shared with you some fun music videos on fish genetics, climate science, and sexual reproduction. In Round 2, we saw music videos on the periodic table, cellular respiration and muscles. Here are the competitors for Round 3: Cellular Biology: Anatomy and Physiology:Taxonomy: Vote for your favorite in the comments section below and check out other sciency song battles at Science Song Playlist, The Science Life, Science Beat […]
By Tabitha Starjnski-SchneiderName some animals that hibernate. Was the first one mentioned a bear? That’s understandable…you were probably told that bears go to sleep shortly before winter, stay asleep the entire winter, and wake up in early spring. What if I told you that your teachers lied to you, and that bears don’t actually hibernate?! Not a true hibernation, at least. For an animal to be considered a true hibernator, it actually needs to stay in a sleep state for […]
A crocodile lures in birds with sticks that would make a nice nest. Photo by Dinets published in Ethology, Ecology & Evoluton 2013.What would happen to mankind if crocodiles and alligators were to develop enough intelligence that they could hunt with tools? Would we see the rise of new dominant species as in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Well, shudder in your boots, people, because we are already there! This week at Accumulating Glitches I talk about the discovery of how […]
A wild male turkey struts his stuff. Photo by Lupin at Wikimedia Commons.1. Turkeys are all-American. The modern domesticated turkey is descended from the wild turkey of North America, which is essentially a pheasant. 2. Domestic turkeys can’t fly or have sex. Domestic turkeys have been bred to have enormous breast muscles for our dinner tables. Their breast muscles have become so large that these top-heavy birds have lost the ability to fly and even to have sex! Domestic turkey eggs now […]
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