Monthly Archives: January 2012

 

Snakes Tune into Prey’s Heartbeat

Posted 27 January 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Humans in developed countries usually don’t spend a good deal of time worrying about the physical energy that it costs to produce and prepare food. We have an entire industry devoted to making food as fast and simple as possible, as everyone who has ever used any form of media is surely aware, we actually have a compensatory multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry that is specifically geared towards helping us find ways to make it more difficult to acquire excess energy.... Read more

Hope to see you at ScienceOnline 2012!

Posted 19 January 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Just as a heads up, I am currently attending the ScienceOnline 2012 meeting in Raleigh. This conference features whole weekend of discussion on everything about everything related to writing about science, with an ever-entertaining and stimulating community of science bloggers. If you happen to be at the meeting, keep an eye out for me, I’d love to meet you! ... Read more

Sabertooth Predators Packed a Punch

Posted 17 January 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

It is a scene that has become one of the iconic images of the prehistoric landscape: a lithe yet muscular predator stalks a grassland dotted with enormous herbivores, perhaps roaring across the plains, huge fangs glinting in the sunlight. Sabertooth predators, with their awe-inspiring dentition, have been objects of fascination for paleo-fans for generations. Too often, though, there are misconceptions about these predators of the past. People tend to refer to “saber-toothed cats,” as if there were one generic brand... Read more

“Extinct” Galápagos Tortoises Reappear in Modern Hybrids

Posted 11 January 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

In the world of conservation biology, good news can be all too rare. This week, however, a study published in the 10 January edition of Current Biology reveals a ray of hope for a species long thought to have been another depressing anecdote about human-accelerated extinction. The animal in question is a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise. Although some may tend to refer to the Galápagos tortoise as if it were a generic population spread across the archipelago, it is... Read more