Archives for October, 2011

What could be more interesting about ancient Egypt than the animal mummies? (personal opinion, of course) Edward Bleiberg (Brooklyn Museum curator), Lisa Bruno (conservationist), and Anthony Fischetti (veterinary radiologist) have teamed up to scan 32 animal mummies that were housed at the museum using X-ray computed tomography (CT scans). You can read about this process…

First stop on the trail of physiology this Fall is the University of Cincinnati where the Ohio Physiological Society held their annual meeting last week. Here are highlights from the meeting: The meeting opened with a seminar from Dr. Ernest M. Wright from the UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine. His presentation was on the development…

It seems that octopuses are even smarter, and more fearless, than previously thought. It has been known for some time that they can be trained to open jars to obtain treats as shown in the promotional video for “Aliens of the Deep Sea” shown below: There are even stories of them purposefully escaping their own…

We received this interesting question from a reader regarding a previous post about the role of evaporative water loss in bats afflicted with white nose syndrome (WNS): “Are bats during hibernation in ketosis? I suspect that normally they are not, that fatty acids are used to generate enough heat to keep warm, and the glycerine…