The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for June, 2010

Friday Film Time

How cool is this? (via BoingBoing)

Extra, Extra

Figure 1: Another gem from the good folks at Fake Science. Here is this week’s round-up of particularly awesome reading material:

Once upon a Thursday night, blog bff Scicurious asked a particular blogger named Jason if he had access to a paper titled, Contraceptive efficacy of polyester-induced azoospermia in normal men. “I certainly hope so,” he said. And so he logged in to his university’s library proxy website, and searched for the paper. She said, “PLEASE…

Altruistic Tortoises?

This video has been winding its way through the interwebs. It’s pretty neat, but is it truly a case of tortoise altruism? Who knows. We don’t know anything about those specific turtles or that specific situation. We don’t know if they’re kin, we don’t know if they’re trained, if they’re pets or wild, we don’t…

I’m interested in finding out what are peoples’ music listening habits while working on various sciencey things. After a small survey and discussion on twitter, I thought I’d bring it to the blogosphere, as people seem to generally have opinions on the matter. This is going to be far from scientific, but take the below…

Another awesome music video from OK Go. The song is called “End Love”. Their last video for “This Too Shall Pass” featured a Rube-Goldberg machine; this one messes with your time perception. “The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x speed, stretching…

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally. For example, dogs can figure out where a human’s attention is, are really good at picking up on eye-gaze and finger pointing cues, distinguish…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. To start things off, two of ResearchBlogging’s Editors did a joint blogcast this week. Listen to Travis and I discuss the relative benefits of using self-report data. Check out Travis’s take on our conversation, and mine. The Lies That Data Tell. Richard N. Landers describes…

If you’re a regular reader of Peter and Travis’s blog, Obesity Panacea, you may have heard one of their semi-regular blogcasts. Well, since Peter is traveling the world (read about it here), Travis asked me to join him for a blogcast. While discussing topics that we could discuss, a sent a few links and papers…

I’ve decided I want to cover some recent research on social cognition in domesticated dogs. But first, we need some background. So here’s a repost from the old blog. Today I want to tell you about one of my most favorite studies, ever, of animals. Are you ready? It’s a FIFTY YEAR LONG longitudinal study…