Archive for: October, 2013

Did Your Daddy Teach You to Sing?

Oct 07 2013 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Over at SciAm Blogs today, I'm talking about a new study in zebra finches, and how much, and how, they sing. Is it genes? Environment? Or did your dad teach you to sing like that? Head over and find out!

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To everything there is a season.

Oct 04 2013 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

Over the past few weeks, some very new and exciting developments have happened here in Sci-land! I'm very happy to say that I'll soon (in about two weeks) be taking up residence as a full time blogger at Student Science, a part of Science News! I'll be blogging about the latest and greatest things in the world of student science: how students can get involved in research, how teachers can make science everyone's favorite subject, and how parents can help their little scientists find their wings. Not to fear, Scicurious blogging will continue, and it will also be moving over to Science News.

I'm determined to enjoy my last few weeks here at Scientopia. It's a wonderful group of passionate individuals. I love each individual voice and they are often my favorite things to read. I hate to leave, but I'm very excited about my chance to help even more people love science! I hope you all will keep tabs on me as I take Scicurious, and now, Eureka!Lab, on to new horizons!

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Friday Weird Science: No Singing, or Sexing, in the Rain

Oct 04 2013 Published by under Friday Weird Science

*sings*
No siiiiinging in the rain,
No siiiinging in the rain!
But once the storm is over
Bugs are hooooorny again.

They're calling for mates
When the sun's out above
But when pressure's down
They're not ready for love.

Let's the stormy clouds chase
All the bugs from the place
Come on with the rain
And watch horny insects brace

They'll wait out the rain
Til the sun's out again
No singing
Or sexting in the raaaain.

Singing in the rain seems so romantic, doesn’t it? The childlike joy of dancing through the raindrops with your beloved certainly worked for Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in the movie.

But there’s a difference between a light drizzle and a thunderstorm. And when red skies at morning make sailor’s take warning, it’s best to take the romancing indoors.

Unless of course, you’re an insect. Then, maybe you just want to pack it in for the day.

Pellegrino et al. “Weather Forecasting by Insects: Modified Sexual Behaviour in Response to Atmospheric Pressure Changes” PLoS ONE, 2013.

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A Question for Educators

Oct 03 2013 Published by under Academia, Activism

The other day, I received a tweet that made me immensely happy.

Someone used my blog in a classroom! This gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies. I love to write for the public, and I hope that people can find me, but it's also wonderful to be used in the classroom! It's a sign that I'm writing at the right level, and that what I'm doing is helpful to educators as well as people who just love science.

So then I thought, you know, it'd be GREAT if I could actually keep TRACK of this.

Have you ever used my blog in the classroom? Have you used it because you liked it? Have you used it because you hate it? I figure there are arguments either way. Why did you use it? What did you use it for? Was it effective?

I would really like to know. So if you have, please drop me a line, at scicurious [at] gmail [dot] com. I'd love to hear from you!

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Scicurious Guest Writer! Hunger and Cognition

Oct 02 2013 Published by under Scicurious Guest Writers

Over at SciAm Blogs, please welcome this month's Scicurious Guest Writer, Zarja Mursic! She's telling us about how leptin is more than just hunger. Head over and check it out!

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Want to Spread SCIENCE!? Help us get to GeekGirlCon!

Oct 01 2013 Published by under Activism

As you may know, I and a bunch of fabulous sciencey people got permission this year to set up a DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon! We'll be making fossils out of coffee grounds, neurons out of pipe cleaners, extracting DNA, genetic taste testing, dancing raisins, and showing the people there that scientists are fun, fantastic people!

But in order to do that...we need to get there, and that means we need money, for travel, supplies, etc. Can you help us out? We're over halfway to our goal of $6000!

And if you help us out, we will make it worth your while! We will perform highly embarrassing acts of whimsy. We've already done some, and they've been fabulous! Do you want to see:

  • For $2500, @DNLee5 will do a terrible re-enactment of @SamuelLJackson's demise in Deep Blue Sea with the help of me and @Lalsox at GGC. We're confident our shark will actually look better than the one in the movie...
  • Sock puppets performing a (much shorter!) re-enactment of Prometheus, corrected for science and common sense? YES! The budget of Prometheus was about ~$130 million, but @Sargent will stage Sockmetheus if we raise a mere $3000!
  • If we reach $4000, we'll do a 5 minute (or less!) re-enactment of a movie at GGC and upload it to YouTube. We'll use a reader poll to select the movie! I suspect we'll be horribly acting our way through some Nicholas Sparks adaptation...
  • When we've raised $5000, we'll dance a jig. Seriously, a jig. And yes, we'll be dancing it badly.
  • We'll faint if we raise $6000. Probably onto fainting couches, of course. A few of us won't just faint, we'll do a Leyomi Drop.
  • Yes. If we raise enough, I will compose you a science song! Haven't you always wanted one!? For you, I will listed to Miley Cyrus or Gotye, or something else, and you will hear the sweet strains of "Fund Me Maybe." You know this is what you want.

    So please help us out if you can! Help us to spread science to the people!

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