Archive for: June, 2012

Friday Weird Science: Horsing around, the sexual behavior of stallions

Jun 08 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

I know I promised another post on cannabis this week, but, well, Sci is going to be honest with you. Somewhat apropos of this post
, I have worked 12+ hours per day all week. I didn't get a weekend cause I had to work then, too. I don't need sympathy, cause I chose my scientific lot in life, but it's certainly left me...exhausted. Really really tired. Sometimes, I cannot do it all (or even all the things I want to do). So tonight, Sci is going to bed, and you're getting a repost. Sorry. 🙁 Come back next week for more cannabis, and in the meantime...enjoy horse masturbation. I'm sure you will. 🙂

It all started with an innocent Tweet. Jennifer Ouellette (of the very fine Cocktail Party Physics blog and The Calculus Diaries fame), tweeted a link to this, a blog doing the history of electricity via inventions. The link was for the following device:

That, my friends, is an electrical device designed to prevent horses from MASTURBATING. And of course, this prompted Jennifer to note that she didn't know horses could DO that. I didn't know it either, though I would imagine that people who spend a lot of time around horses are pretty well aware.

Well of course, I looked it up. And I learned HOW horses masturbate (I mean, no hands!). And I often. Welcome to the sexual behavior of domestic stallions!

McDonnell et al. "Spontaneous erection and masturbation in equids." Journals of Reproduction and Fertility, 1991
McDonnell, S. "Stallion Sexual Behavior" (Chapter)

(And now we know why you may want to give Black Beauty some "private time" once in a while)

And if you either are an expert in this topic (ahem) or have other knowledge on this, please include in the comments. All I've got I've gotten from reading.

And from the videos below the fold. OH YES. You might not want to watch those while at work...yeah.

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On Outreach: something's got to give

Jun 06 2012 Published by under Academia, Uncategorized

I keep seeing posts which go on and on, we don't understand science, there's not enough scientific outreach, and this is all the scientists' fault. This is the message I get, over and over. It is the scientists' fault. If we really cared about outreach we should be doing it, it is our job, our duty, and why aren't we all spending our free time doing outreach. As someone who spends, well, all of my free time writing about science, I am usually very sympathetic to this view.

But I'm getting tired. I'm getting tired of hearing about how scientists should feel horribly guilty for not doing outreach and it is our fault.

And if only we would take the time and if only we would stop being such scientists and if only we would communicate and generally be better people, the world would understand evolution and we'd all only use one paper towel and try to stop global warming. It all gives me really bad cynical-face.


(Keep in mind, though, that you really should use only one paper towel! It's much easier than you think!)

But there are things that get left out. First, we don't get paid for this. And second...blogging is not always going to be the answer.

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At SciAm Blogs today: sleep deprivation and dopamine

Jun 04 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Sci is at SciAm blogs today, looking at how sleep deprivation might change your dopamine signaling. This could help explain some of the crazy behaviors that come with sleep deprivation (other than the crazy tiredness). Ah, sleep deprivation. What a way to start your Monday. Head over and check it out!

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Friday Weird Science: Cannabis, now coming for your sperm

Jun 01 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

Today's post is at the behest of Drugmonkey and Dirk, who turned me on to this paper. So for the hour I just spent reading about sperm preparations...thanks guys. Thanks a LOT.

But it turns out, I actually have quite a little pile of these cannabis and sperm papers, so maybe I'll do a little series! Get ready for your little swimmers to get hiiiiiiigh.


Morgan et al. "D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (D9-THC) attenuates mouse sperm motility and male fecundity" British Journal of Pharmacology, 2012.

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