The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for September, 2010

The Fate of the Alamogordo Chimps

The National Institutes of Health announced that by 2011 it will transfer almost two hundred chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico to a lab in San Antonio, Texas, lab for use in invasive research. In 1995, the NIH announced a moratorium on the breeding of chimps in federally-supported labs, and as a…

Aaron Rowe and I are organizing a tweet-up for LA-area science writers/communicators. Many of us interact daily through our blogs or through twitter, but rarely in person – so this is a chance to meet up face to face. If you’re interested, please click the link to this survey, which we’ll use to put together…

Monkey versus Monkey

via Voice of America News blog: Organizers of the Commonwealth Games in India say they will try to prevent wild monkeys from disrupting the event by deploying a team of larger, fiercer monkeys to scare off their smaller cousins. Indian security officials put 10 langur monkeys and their handlers on duty Wednesday at several venues…

Open Lab Update

The list is growing fast – check the submissions to date and get inspired to submit something of your own – an essay, a poem, a cartoon or original art. Continue to submit your best posts, and the best posts you read online. Especially those art/cartoon posts, and poems! The Submission form is here so…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: American family values: where even the dull can dream! “One of the issues when talking about the effect of environment and genes on behavioral and social outcomes is that the entanglements are so complicated. That is why cross-cultural studies are essential,” writes Razib Khan. If…

Children and Their Pets

Your humble narrator finds himself sick with a cold, so here’s a post from the archives. There is considerable research on how children interact with other children and with adults, and how child development can be influenced by those interactions. But research on children’s interactions with non-human animals seem to be limited. Given how ubiquitous…

Extra, Extra

Science The NY Times had an article on why we like spicy foods…a week after I had my piece in the Guardian making the same arguments. Coincidence? Probably. “As the cost of DNA sequencing continues to plummet, I predict that these canine genetic/genomic studies will get much more common.” Virginia Hughes reports on the world’s…

Ravi Iyer, a graduate student and colleague of mine at the University of Southern California in social psychology, blogs regularly about moral psychology at polipsych.com, and tweets from @ravi_polipsych. He collaborates with others on YourMorals.org, where interested individuals may participate in research in political and moral psychology. I asked him to contribute a guest post…

#SMWUSC

Below the fold, you’ll find a complete listing of all tweets from #SMWUSC, in reverse chronological order.

Biomimicry: Social Media Week at USC

The time is upon us. As I wrote about earlier this week, it is Social Media Week in Los Angeles, and I’m participating, liveblogging (on this post! refresh for updates below the fold), and livetweeting, and streaming a session at USC called Biomimcry: Science and Social Media. An incomplete list of additional participants (who may…