Category Archives: Nature

Wild Talk – Radiolab

Another really interesting podcast from radiolab about the ‘language’ of the wild. “Reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro tells us about Klaus Zuberbuhler’s work in the Tai Forest of West Africa. When Klaus first came to the forest, he hit a wall … Continue reading

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Arsenic eating microbe

From the NYT: Scientists said Thursday that they had trained a bacterium to eat and grow on a diet of arsenic, in place of phosphorus — one of six elements considered essential for life — opening up the possibility that … Continue reading

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Snake gives ‘virgin birth’ to extraordinary babies

On the BBC via a post on facebook. Snakes without fathers: one of the unusual baby boas   A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring. Evidence suggests the mother snake has had multiple … Continue reading

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Weaver ants building their nest

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Squirrels masturbate to avoid sexually transmitted infections

A fascinating (and fairly graphic) account from Ed Yong’s blog describing the paper ‘The Adaptive Function of Masturbation in a Promiscuous African Ground Squirrel’. The author Jane Waterman studies the evolution of social behavior and mating systems in animals, and … Continue reading

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Spot Me If You Can

An amazing adult fly that mimics an ant larva, and other flies that behead ants, over at WEIT. Don’t miss the somewhat gruesome video with a gleeful USDA employee. And from one of the comments there I came across this: … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Animals in the News

Incredible photographs of animals on boston.com I was quite surprised to learn about the existence of the chimera.

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‘I’m all for boggling minds’ – David Attenborough talks to Richard Dawkins

A great interview, with an especially hilarious ending. Listen in at the Guardian.

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Project Phylo: Conservationists Should Heed Pokemon

What is this phylo thing? (Some interesting but relatively specific FAQs here) Well, it’s an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in full “artistic” wonder. Not only that – but … Continue reading

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Altruism and a new book about it.

It’s called “The Price of Altruism” by Oren Harman. Article from the NYT seen via 3QD. As you guys know, I’ve been traveling a load in June, and I had to sit through the safety demos many times. And this … Continue reading

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