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A friend in another galaxy far away, when presented with photos of another friend’s wide-eyed infant, remarked that the cute (and she truly is) baby made her icy heart melt. In today’s New York Times, Natalie Angier discusses primatologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s forthcoming book Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. Hrdy posits…

Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Spook, has a new book debuting this month: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. To promote her new book, Roach is making the interview rounds. Check out her interview with Katharine Mieszkowski for Salon: Getting it on for science. An excerpt pertaining to sexual arousal in women…

Meet my cousins, the beech trees

I mentioned in my previous entry the sense of transcendence I feel when I observe the green light passing through a tree’s leaves. My neighborhood woods on Princeton Ridge is full of tall trees, including beeches which are my favorite arboreal species. Part of that sense of wonder stems (har) from my knowledge of the…

The Scent of a Man…or a Monkey.

I previously confessed that I subscribe to that glossy hardcopy glut of advertising called Vanity Fair. Invariably, the mag contains photo spreads of ripple-ab’ed dudes hawking various men’s cologne. All this to mask delicious or stinky or neutral 5alpha-androst-16-en-3-one (androstenone); based on one’s genetic variation in the olfactory receptor that binds this steroid, it will…

Just as a toddler who persisently pokes the light socket with a fork, looking for the forbidden jolt, so I invariably open spider links on Live Science. This latest salacious spidey-bit did not disappoint. I’m beginning to think that spider sex on Live Science is equiavlent to the cheesecake shots in Rupert Murdoch tabloids. Creepy:…

As the grizzled matriarch of the Chimpanzee Refuge, it behooves me to call attention to tonight’s Nova: The Last Great Ape. Our close cousins, Pan paniscus, the bonobos, are featured. The PBS site’s interview with Frans de Waal is worth checking out, and if you have yet to read his book, Our Inner Ape, de…

Way back when I had a time to maintain a freshwater aquarium (pre-career and pre-children), my favorite fish were a pair of firemouth cichlids, Thorichthys meeki. This happy couple reproduced and guarded their eggs faithfully, only to have the plecostumus hoover ‘em up when Mr. and Mrs. Meeki let down their guard one night. Cichlids…

Spider Sex – Yes! Yes!! YES!!!

As an arachnophobe (see Do I Get a Badge for This?), the title alone, Spider Cries Out During Sex, was enough to give me a powerful case of the heebie jeebies. Then I started reading the article from Live Science: While mating, female Physocylus globosus spiders emit high-frequency squeaks to let males know what they…

Mature fit F ISO vigorous boy toy.

Male chimps apparently dig older females as reported recently in LiveScience. Young chimpanzee tarts cause nary a second look from the guys according to Martin Muller, an anthropologist at Boston University: “The stereotypical view of human mating involves males wanting to be promiscuous and females being coy, but in chimps you see young females being…

The whites of their eyes

An eye-opening publication in the Journal of Human Evolution garnered some press as noted here in The Economist, Eyeing up the collaboration, and Why eyes are so alluring from LiveScience.com