Emotion-signalling faces

12 05 2019

Great find from Lee Niel (my cat faces collaborator amongst other things) on the evolution of faces in humans:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/april-20-2019-human-brain-genes-in-monkeys-urine-archaeology-evolving-human-faces-and-more-1.5101867/why-the-long-face-human-faces-evolved-to-reveal-emotions-and-communicate-1.5101888

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The Sunk Costs fallacy

9 05 2019

The BBC did another great radio documentary this week, this time on one of the most seductive of fallacies…British_Airways_Concorde_G-BOAC_03

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csytzf

 





More captive tigers than wild ones

9 05 2019

Click here for an upsetting story in the Washington Post today.

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Fear!

30 04 2019

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 7.29.41 PMJust heard a great BBC documentary on the power of fear, covering, amongst other things, the crippling effects of predator cues on song sparrow reproduction (cool work from up the road at Western), and the strange genetic quirks (somewhat like the pain-free woman) that can lead a few rare people to have no fear at all. Click here to listen!





Amnesty for vulture accused of spying

19 04 2019

Heart-warming story (in the end) from war-torn Yemen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47974725

 





Stereotypies in space?

16 04 2019

And here is the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-40789-y  (N.B. It’s not entirely clear to me how the mice can be said to be expressing a “full range of species-typical behaviors”, when they’re living in a wire mesh box. By “full” the authors must mean “limited” I guess)





Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs

15 04 2019

Fantastic, humane and very sensible paper in one of the PLoS journals this week:

https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006914