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Journal Club: What’s old is new again: newly discovered songbird family is ancient

Posted 16 April 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives. Spotted wren-babbler, Elachura formosa (previously Spelaeornis formosus). Image: Per Alström/SLU [doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067]. A newly published study has uncovered a previously unknown family of songbirds that is represented by just one species. After analyzing one of the largest and most comprehensive songbird DNA databases amassed so far, researchers... Read more

Birdbooker Report 316

Posted 14 April 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more

Journal Club: Telomere length: a new measure of chronic stress in wildlife?

Posted 9 April 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Two independent studies find a positive relationship between social environment and telomere length. The first study -- that nearly everyone has heard about -- is in children. The second study -- that few have heard about -- is in pet grey parrots. The second study raises the question: might telomere length be developed as a new way to measure chronic stress -- in animals? Telomere caps (white) on the ends of human chromosomes (grey). Image: U.S. Department of Energy... Read more

Birdbooker Report 315

Posted 7 April 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more

Birdbooker Report 314

Posted 31 March 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more

Birdbooker Report 312-313

Posted 24 March 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more

Birdbooker Report 311

Posted 10 March 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage – Book Review

Posted 6 March 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: This is the second book in a children's trilogy that follows the adventures of twin amateur sleuths who invent and build several science-y gadgets to aid them in their quest to solve a mystery. Nick and Tesla are just 11 years old, but already, they are heroes. After their parents leave the country to conduct scientific research on soybean irrigation, the twins are sent across the country to spend the summer with their Uncle Newt in California. Within two... Read more

Birdbooker Report 310

Posted 3 March 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. This week's titles include; The Sixth Extinction; Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest; An Eye for Nature: The Life and Art of William T. Cooper; and The Extreme Life of the Sea. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at... Read more

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab – Book Review

Posted 25 February 2014 by GrrlScientist

SUMMARY: this engaging children's mystery is solved by twin amateur sleuths who invent and build several science-y gadgets to aid them in their quest. The premise that underpins Bob Pflugfelder's and Steve Hockensmith's children's thriller, Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Novel with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself [Quirk Books, 2013; Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US], is interesting: this mystery is a mechanism to get children excited by science by showing them how to... Read more