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Caturday felid trifecta: Soothing purr generator, how to say “cat” in Europe, pussy cat parade

Having trouble sleeping? This purr generator can help! Click on the screenshot below, and be sure to adjust all the buttons to MAXIMUM for the most vibration. You can also adjust different components, including bass, mids, and treble, and time it so it goes off when you’re asleep. You might try testing it on your […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Colin Franks, whose website is here and whose photography Facebook page here, sent a batch of nice bird photos, of which I’ll show only about a third today: Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor: Female Wood Duck, Aix sponsa: Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris: Juvenile Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus: Adult Great Horned Owl   Bubo virginianus: Blue-winged Teal (male), Anas discors: California Quail, Callipepla […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s Saturday, and all cats must rest on the Sabbath (the other days, too!).  Sadly, the same is not true for secular Jewish professors. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is using her wiles to lure Andrzej away from his computer so they can both go for a walk. Hili: Cyrus, tell him that there is a flock […]

Friday afternoon evolution cartoon

Someone should make a book out of these “fish evolving out of the water” cartoons. There must be hundreds of them by now (add a link to your favorite below). This one is by Dan Piraro from Bizarro!

Exclusive pictures: the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences

On January 15 I announced that the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Biosciences was awarded jointly to my Ph.D. advisor Dick Lewontin and Tomoka Ohta for their work on genetic variation in natural populations. (See the press release here.) I am pleased to present the photographs of the May 6 ceremony in Stockholm, in which the King of […]

Matthew Cobb answers questions about evolution and animal sniffers

Manchester Life Sciences has posted a new YouTube video in its “Ask a Scientist” series, and the scientist to ask happens to be our own Matthew Cobb. In this 15-minute video he takes on six questions about evolution and about his own speciality: olfaction. It’s very interesting: click on either screenshot below to go to the video: Our hero! […]

Ontario school officials respond—or rather, fail to respond—to queries about why they don’t require teaching human evolution

A short while ago I reported, based on a post  on DarwinQuixote site, that while the province of Ontario requires teaching of evolution in secondary-school biology classes, there’s no requirement for teaching human evolution. A colleague of the DarwinQuixote author wrote to Ontario’s Ministry of Education asking about this omission, and got the following reply: “Ensuring that curriculum […]

Gruesome but amazing falcon behaviour

JAC: In lieu of our usual dollop of living creatures in “Readers’ wildlife photographs,” I’ll post this contribution by Matthew. by Matthew Cobb Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae) is a kind of hobby with a wingspan of about 1 meter which breeds on Mediterranean islands and overwinters in Madagascar. It’s a rather fine-looking bird, as this […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (including paleobiology!)

I’m pleased to feature some paleontology today from reader John Scanlon.  In case you didn’t know, stromatolites are layered accretions of microorganisms, usually cyanobacteria (“blue-green algae”), and they represent some of the oldest fossils on earth: about 3.5 billion years old—only about a billion years after the Earth was formed. But these accretions are still formed today by living bacteria, […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s Friday, and the week slinks to an end with chilly weather in Chicago. And there must be a drought in Poland, for Hili remarks on the cherry trees: Hili: This doesn’t bode well. A: What doesn’t bode well? Hili: Leaves falling from trees in August. In Polish: Hili: To nie wróży dobrze? Ja: Co […]

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