The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for July, 2010

Dudes, I don’t even drink soda. Of any kind. Ever. Seriously, though, I’m saddened by the loss of several of my sciblings. Many of them are individuals who I consider role models, and look up to. Dr. Skyskull is attempting to keep a list of new locations for them, here, and I’ve been adding links…

If you’ve been around Scienceblogs today, or on Twitter, you may have noticed that there appears to be a new blog around these parts. On behalf of the team here at ScienceBlogs, I’d like to welcome you to Food Frontiers, a new project presented by PepsiCo. As part of this partnership, we’ll hear from a…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: TwoYaks at the GeneFlow blog effectively criticizes the hypothesis that girls like pink and boys like blue because of evolved sex differences in hunting and foraging behaviors. Thankfully, a disclaimer is included so that evolutionary psychology isn’t totally destroyed by the criticism: “Evo-Psych can be…

Last week, Travis, Christie, Scicurious and I spent about 45 minutes in a skype conference call. The first 15 minutes were spent making fun of Travis for his strange Canadian speech patterns, and sympathizing with poor Christie for not being able to talk to us while enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian air, because just as we…

Porn for Pandas!

“The males often prefer eating to mating.” Apparently, giant panda dudes (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in captivity would rather sit around and munch on bamboo than get it on with the females. And this is a problem at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, where scientists are urging the pandas to breed, for conservation purposes. What’s…

I am quite full from the last minute Fourth of July dinner that my brother and I threw together – featuring grilled chicken-apple sausages, roasted pork tenderloin with lemon-pepper dry rub, and chocolate peanut butter cookies. Too full to blog. Instead as I’m working my way through season six of Buffy on Netflix, I’ve got…

Happy Fourth!

Every celebration deserves some muppets.

Looks like Drugmonkey has re-instated the who are you and why are you looking at me meme. Having only participated as a reader of Scienceblogs the last few years, I’m excited to be on the other side of the table this time. For some background, Ed Yong initially started this game a few years ago,…

Extra, Extra

There was so much good stuff this past week or two. Here’s a round-up: Dave Munger’s column in Seed Magazine, regarding self-report data, features the blogcast I did with Travis a few weeks ago. Seventh graders draw pictures of scientists. Then they meet some scientists. And draw new pictures. Some more from the NY Times…

Upon waking up this morning, my sciblings and I discovered that many of us had become zombies. What else could I do but capitalize on an internet meme, in between snacking on brains and flesh?