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I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, as numerous blogs (from Big Fat Blog to Effect Measure to Corpus Callosum) have been buzzing with the news of Pfizer’s pet obesity drug Slentrol. As a very brief re-cap, this liquid drug is administered to overweight dogs and cats to induce a sense of ‘full-ness,’ and…

The forests of Siberia are full of insomniac bears, scaring the locals, as the weather has been staying too warm for them to go into hibernation. Usually Siberian bears sleep six months, beginning in October or November, but the Kemerovo region where they live has currently gotten no snow. Hunters, out in the woods stalking…

Can Manatees Hear Boat Propellers?

Some news from my old stomping grounds at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida. Back in undergrad I worked there with the manatees Hugh and Buffet to test their visual acuity (its bad), now the marine observatory is attempting to test the hearing of manatees. This is essential, as the most likely cause of death…

Although I wasn’t initially aware of this myth, a technician in my lab informed me that an oft-quoted scientific myth is that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo. Now, as a student of acoustics, I found that hard to believe. And indeed, a research team at the University of Salford decided to actually test this theory…

The residents of this community should be happy that this wasn’t a flock of chattering African Greys! Although I bet their cars were covered in “surprises” the next day.