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Current oddities: July 19-26

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Current oddities: July 19-26

Thanks to 'net detective Pat Bowne and Valerie Dean O'Loughlin

Bugs!

Wasp zombifies cockroach

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/venom-watch-a-wasp-take-control-of-a-cockroach-s-brain-video/?WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20160720

Short note, video from Sci. Am.

Germ turns African queen against her sons: evolution?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/07/tiny-microbe-turns-tropical-butterfly-male-killer?et_cid=5402862&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5402862&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f07%2ftiny-microbe-turns-tropical-butterfly-male-killer%3fet_cid%3d5402862%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Complete, free report, image from R&D mag.

Hot blooded!

Philosopher ducks?

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2097527-meet-the-philosopher-ducklings-that-indulge-in-abstract-thought/?cmpid=NLC%7CNSNS%7C2016-2107-newGLOBAL&utm_medium=NLC&utm_source=NSNS

Full, free essay, links, video from New sci.

Primates prefer their nectar with alcohol

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/some-primates-prefer-nectar-bigger-alcohol-kick

Complete, free report, images, links from Sci. news

Not so warm

Newly-discovered pit viper

http://today.ucf.edu/ucf-led-team-discovers-new-venomous-snake/

Press release, images from U. Cent. Fla.

Amazing marine worms

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03/worms/

Images from website

Third partner in lichen mutualism?

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0724/In-lichen-s-symbiotic-pairing-a-third-partner

Complete, free report, links from Christ. sci. monit.

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The silly season: July 12-19

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Wow: July 5-12

Posted By David L. Evans, Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016

Wow: July 5-12

Thanks to 'net detectives Paul Blumstein and Pat Bowne

Birdies, mostly

Beautiful parrot rediscovered!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/06/29/this-parrot-was-thought-to-be-extinct-in-the-wild-until-a-farmer-spotted-one/?wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

Complete, free report, images, links, video from Wash. post.

Fossil bird from Wyoming

http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/07/science-ostrichrelativenew.html

Press release, images, links from VA tech u.

Evolution of the ear in birds and crocodiles

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/07/fossil-scans-shed-light-evolution-inner-ear-birds-crocodiles?et_cid=5380076&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5380076&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f07%2ffossil-scans-shed-light-evolution-inner-ear-birds-crocodiles%3fet_cid%3d5380076%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Full, free essay, image, links from R&D mag.

Stranger than strange

What is a pyrosome?

http://www.deepseanews.com/2016/07/rare-mass-sighting-of-pyrosomes-in-the-azores/

Complete, free report, image, links from Deep sea news

Think you have strange dates? Check out these animals!

http://ecology.about.com/od/Species-Interactions/tp/10-of-the-Craziest-Mating-Rituals-in-the-Animal-Kingdom.htm

Free website, images from About ed.

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News of the unexpected: June 24-July 5

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, June 24, 2016
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Jumping June: June 17-24

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, June 17, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Spring follies: June 10-17

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, June 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, June 10, 2016

Spring follies: June 10-17

Thanks to 'net detectives Pat Bowne, Phil Tate, and Kerrie Hoar

Attend an autopsy of a T. rex!

http://www.livescience.com/51104-t-rex-autopsy-photos.html

Full, free essay, images, links from Livesci.

Unexpected senses of other animals

http://www.wired.com/2016/06/weirdest-senses-animals-humans-dont/

Free page, images from Wired

"Lost city?" Nope, just methanogens at work

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/underwater-lost-city-built-by-microbes/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20160610

Complete, free report, images from Sci. Am.

Cute crustacean!

http://coolthingoftheday.tumblr.com/post/145678824693/a-german-scientist-recently-discovered-what-may-be

Short note, image from Tumblr

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Odd and wild: June 3-10

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, June 03, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2016

Odd and wild: June 3-10

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

The life aquatic

Leaping electric eels!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/07/science/like-a-slimy-taser-electric-eels-can-leap-out-and-zap-their-prey.html

Full, free essay, image, links from NY times

Bioluminescence evolved repeatedly in fish

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/08/glow-in-the-dark-fish-have-evolved-over-and-over-again/

Complete, free report, images, links from Washington post

Archer fish can identify peoples' faces

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/health/fish-human-face-recognition-study-trnd/index.html

Full, article, images from CNN

Life in the dry

Fungi in space! A fungus not among us

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/fungi-in-space/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20160607

Full, free blog, images, links from Sci. Am.

Peeking into the fly's brain

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/science/creating-a-window-into-a-flys-brain.html

Complete, free report, image from NY times

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The unusual and cool: May 27-June 3

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, May 27, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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Random biota: May 20-27

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Surprising: May 13-20

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, May 13, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Surprising: May 13-20

Thanks to 'net detective Valerie Dean O'Loughlin

The life aquatic

Size doesn't matter...in fish at least

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/05/genital-size-doesnt-matter%E2%80%94-fish?et_cid=5291223&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5291223&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f05%2fgenital-size-doesnt-matter%25E2%2580%2594-fish%3fet_cid%3d5291223%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Full, free essay from R&D mag.

Open a fresh egg under water: what do you get?

https://www.facebook.com/theofficialawesomejelly/videos/869574833170933/

Free video from Awesome jelly

Mostly dry land

Maofelis: not a sabre-tooth but still scary

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/laelaps/paleo-profile-the-maoming-cat/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20160513

Complete, free blog, images references from Sci. Am.

Evolution of fungi and virus hijacking

https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e09492

Full, free article, images, linked citations from eLife

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