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Archives for June, 2008


There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody. – Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Believe it or not, this appears to have something to do with their circadian rhythms! Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, there was quite a lot of research published on the circadian rhythms in earthworms, mostly by Miriam Bennett. As far as I can tell, nobody’s followed up on that work since. I know,…

ResearchBlogging.org is getting ready for a big upgrade, or so I hear. You can be a part of the process by helping shape up the new categories and subcategories – all you need to do is go to this blog post, see what is already there and post your suggestions in the comments.

My Picks From ScienceDaily

Extreme Weather Events Can Unleash A ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Infectious Diseases, Research Study Says: An international research team, including University of Minnesota researcher Craig Packer, has found the first clear example of how climate extremes, such as the increased frequency of droughts and floods expected with global warming, can create conditions in which diseases that…

Today’s carnivals

The Tangled Bank #108 is up on Wheat-dogg’s world Carnival of Feminists No 59 is up on Philobiblon The latest Grand Rounds are up on Shrink Rap The 177th Carnival of Education is up on Where’s the Sun? The 130th Carnival of Homeschooling is up on Dewey’s Treehouse And don’t forget to submit your entries…


Youth is not the age of pleasure; we then expect too much, and we are therefore exposed to daily disappointments and mortifications. When we are a little older, and have brought down our wishes to our experience, then we become calm and begin to enjoy ourselves. – Lord Liverpool

Avian Journal Club in PLoS ONE!

As part of the monthly focus on birds, there is a new Journal Club in PLoS ONE this week. Dr.Elizabeth Adkins Regan from Cornell and her postdoc Dr Joanna Rutkowska from Jagiellonian University have already posted their first comments on the paper by Keith Sockman (here at UNC): Ovulation Order Mediates a Trade-Off between Pre-Hatching…

New and Exciting in PLoS ONE

There are 54 new articlespublished in PLoS ONE today. Here are my picks: Climate Extremes Promote Fatal Co-Infections during Canine Distemper Epidemics in African Lions: Extreme climatic conditions may alter historic host-pathogen relationships and synchronize the temporal and spatial convergence of multiple infectious agents, triggering epidemics with far greater mortality than those due to single…

My Picks From ScienceDaily

Single Insecticide Application Can Kill Three Cockroach Generations: One dose of an insecticide can kill three generations of cockroaches as they feed off of each other and transfer the poison, according to Purdue University entomologists who tested the effectiveness of a specific gel bait. To Find Out What’s Eating Bats, Biologist Takes To Barn Rooftops:…

Blogrolling for today

Ptak Science Books What is ‘Life’? Susan’s Zoo Sports are 80 Percent Mental… The Science of Sport Global Sensemaking