The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for October, 2010

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: “Young children are little scientists. They instinctively stretch, prod, observe and categorise the world’s offerings.” Christian Jarrett at BPS Research Digest discusses how early children can be exposed to scientific ideas. Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use…

I’ve been interviewed…

…by DeLene Beeland, for the Raleigh News Observer and the Charlotte Observer (same interview, two papers).

Every year the science blogging community organizes the “Science Bloggers for Students challenge”, a month-long competition between science blogs to see which raise do the most to help low-income science classrooms through the DonorsChoose.org website. Through Donors Choose, teachers can go and make requests for specific supplies or materials that they otherwise can’t afford. I…

Friday Night Films

This one is worth watching all the way through: (h/t Sara) And, from the sublime to the mundane: (h/t Dr. Kiki)

I showed this video today as an intro to my 8-week “mini-course” on Canine Cognition.

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: “So, sometimes we settle for less than George Clooney or Heidi Klum.” Casey Rentz at The Lay Scientist asks do we REALLY want what we say we want, when it comes to choosing mates? Travis Saunders of Obesity Panacea asks: Which Results in Healthier Food…

Whether you’re a dog, a cat, or a grad student who hasn’t been home to shower for a few days, fleas are a major problem. They make skin itch. And NOTHING is worse than itchy skin. But… Do you know WHERE the fleas are? Where they like to hang out and guard their little flea…

Extra, Extra

Science Someone had to ask it. Why do squirrels masturbate? Obviously, it’s a piece by Ed. Sentiment-sensing software could aid in weeding hostile online comments. If this comes to pass, I imagine most of Physioprof‘s comments will be weeded out, sadly. An important new study of mirror self-recognition in Japanese macaques, explained by Carl Zimmer.…

Here at The Thoughtful Animal, we are conducting series of seven-question interviews with people who are doing or have done animal research of all kinds – biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and so forth. Interested in how animal research is conducted, or why animal research is important? Think you might want to do some animal research of…