Archive for: May, 2012

Friday Weird Science: Don't try this at home!!!

May 11 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

It's time to talk about bears again, my friends. We have already learned that, contrary to popular belief, they cannot smell the menstruation (or rather, they probably can, but don't care):

But there is another, more difficult question to answer: are bears safe!??!

At first you might be thinking "um, no, they are BEARS. Bears, like sharks and electric fences and parachuteless skydiving, are on the list of things labeled 'not safe'".

Well, sure, but we've got to test it with SCIENCE! And this means we need to get a bunch of people and ask them to walk right up to a bunch of bears. For science.

Any volunteers??


(C'mon over!!! Source)

Moen et al. "Behaviour of Solitary Adult Scandinavian Brown Bears (Ursus arctos) when Approached by Humans on Foot" PLoS ONE, 2012.

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Experimental Biology Blogging: Self-promotion and 'self-promotion'

May 09 2012 Published by under Academia, Experimental Biology Blogging 2011

I realize it's been a while since EB 2012 ended and I left the not-so-sunny San Diego (at least, it wasn't sunny at the time). Conferences are always great for the development of ideas. You get new ideas about your research, new directions to go in or troubleshooting things to try.

And at EB this year, I also got some ideas about communicating science. Or at least, I had some ideas thrown at me. They crystallized what I believe to be one of the major issues facing scientists who blog: needless self-promotion.

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At Sci Am Blogs: Depressed Mice, Gene Therapy, and p11

May 07 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Sci is at SciAm blogs today, with a repost on depression, gene therapy, and p11. I've got some fabulous science cooking in the lab that needs all of my attention today, but please enjoy the repost and I'll be back soon!

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Please welcome Dr. Zen to the Guest Blog!

May 05 2012 Published by under Blog Carnivals

Over at the Guest Blog, our current guest is my sometimes partner in crime Dr. Zen! He is taking is amazing blogging prowess (srsly I think this dude posts to at least four different blogs at least three times per day. I am in awe) to our guest blog, where he is explaining the rules of science as...the rules of SPIES. The comparison really is shockingly apt. Head over and take a look! He's got the first four up already!

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Friday Weird Science: In times of high STDs, it's best to get a foot festish

May 04 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

I don't know about you, but sometimes, when I hear about all of the scary STDs there are in the world, and all the ways you can get them, I think, you know, I should switch to...FEET.

Ah, beautiful feet. Gorgeous sexy feet. Nothing looks better or cleaner when faced with the specter of gonorrhea than feet.

Now, you might be thinking, what is she going on about? Who the heck would make a connection between STDs and foot fetish?

Well, apparently, these guys did.


(Yeah baby, yeah. Source)

Gianinni et al. "SEXUALIZATION OF THE FEMALE FOOT AS A RESPONSE TO SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED EPIDEMICS: A PRELIMINARY STUDY ' Psychological Reports, 1998.

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Obesity and depression: a look in mice.

May 02 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Over at Sci Am today, I've got a post on how high fat and sugar induced obesity in mice may produce depressive-like symptoms. It's an interesting paper, but as usual, I'm wondering: what is the mechanism?? Head over and check it out.

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