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Archives for June, 2010

Self-Recognition in Cats?

Do cats have self recognition? This video suggests they might not, at least in terms of passing the mirror recognition task. But, well, this isn’t really the mirror recognition task. And the mirror recognition task may not be the best way to test self recognition in cats. But in any case, it’s a pretty hilarious…

Want A Pet Fox?

You can have a pet domesticated fox of your very own – from the Russian fox farm I’ve previously written about – for the low low price of just $5,950. Figure 1: Isn’t he cute? Click to embiggen. Check it out.

Last week, I asked on twitter, and then on the blog, about peoples’ preferences for listening to music while doing various types of sciencey work, and conducted an informal survey. Today I’ll give you the (entirely unscientific) results, and in a few days I’ll share what research has to say about music and work productivity.

Chimpanzee Curiosity (Video)

The awesome videos just keep on coming. Check out this one from National Geographic. A juvenile chimp and her mother set out to do some fishing for termites in Congo’s Goualougo Triangle, but the juvenile spots something interesting – an apparently not-so-well hidden camera – and investigates. I think it’s so fascinating to see how…

Aliens in our Midst

Well, sort of. Ready for the new SETI blog here at Scienceblogs? They launched today. I don’t know if we have to look to the skies to find aliens. We’ve got some pretty strange terrestrial life around here: (via @sfriedscientist of Southern Fried Science)

Molting Crabs

This is just cool. No behavior, no cognition, no neuroscience. Just animal awesomeness. Amazing time-lapse video of a twelve-foot spider crab molting. Watch til the end. From Neatorama, via @kzelnio (of Deep Sea News)

Lots of new things to tell you about. First, SB has reinvigorated the ScienceBlogs Book Club. The first book being discussed is “Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service” by Mark Pendergrast, who is participating in the book club himself, and already has a post up. Second, exciting news from…

Here at my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: A few hours late, but full of psychological and neurosciencey goodness as always! Bill Yates of Brain Posts asks, Can An iPhone Save Your Life? A topic near and dear to my own heart: Do we learn through experience to navigate the world, or as…

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I spent a lot of time today thinking back to why I started blogging in the first place, while I was at my parents house doing the other-than-science things that I love to do: playing with the dog, cooking, gardening. I realized that I’ve not done enough of that stuff lately.…

I’ve been watching with interest a recent kerfuffle involving a relatively new blog in the sciblogosphere, Academic Jungle, which is written by the pseudonymous blogger GeekMommyProf. Prof-Like Substance has already written a good summary of recent events, so I won’t duplicate his efforts. Instead, I’ll duplicate his text! (Bracketed bold text inserted by me): GeekMommyProf…