Monthly Archives: November 2012

 

From “You are What You Eat” to “You See What You Eat”: Shedding Light on Ecologically Attuned Vision

Posted 25 November 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

If you have ever been temporarily blinded by sunlight after emerging from a building, or have stubbed a toe in the middle of the night, then you realize first-hand that sensitivity to light is a key element of success in one's environment. Animals vary dramatically in their visual abilities under different light conditions: birds and bees use UV vision to see colors that we cannot even perceive, some cave animals forgo vision completely, and the rest of us fall somewhere... Read more

Cryptic Gardeners

Posted 15 November 2012 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Greetings, readers: I'll have a new full-length Endless Forms post up soon, but in the mean time...have you ever wondered what effect mole rats have on their environments as a result of all of their excavating? Well, if you're one of the many people that has lost sleep over that question, fear no more: you can learn about it in my new piece on the role of mole rats in promoting plant biodiversity in the December issue of Scientific American.... Read more