Category Archives: Biology

Go on, Embrace Your Inner Bear-Voyeur

It’s that time of year again already. You can’t make your way to Alaska to ogle coastal brown bears as they emerge from their winter’s slumber, and you just don’t know where to get your fix. Don’t worry: Katmai National … Continue reading

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The Latest Casualty of Weird Weather? Frozen Turtles

This is a terrible record to break: Largest number of turtles relocated due to hypothermic shock from a single event. These poor reptiles are even more confused by this year’s winter weather than we are! If all goes well in … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Day!

It’s polar bear day! This year, have some adorable photos of a curious exploring bear, or learn about Google mapping polar-bear turf. Polar bears are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, and trophy hunting. They are way too vicious and … Continue reading

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Hedgehog Running Pace

My little hedgehog finds himself carefully quantified as I adore him each night. Pet hedgehogs run a lot. Some people install odometers on their wheels to track how long and how far they run each night. Informal surveys of on … Continue reading

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Hedgehog Heartbeats

My little hedgehog finds himself carefully quantified as I adore him each night. Heart rate is roughly proportional to animal size: small creatures have fast heart beats, and large animals have slow ones. An often-quoted relationship with no source I … Continue reading

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An introduction to domestic hedgehogs

You may have noticed that biology is not my strongest science, but even so, I can’t help but quantify my hedgehog’s experiences as he explores the world. Hedgehogs are classified as exotics; they are rare pets, even illegal in some … Continue reading

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Unadulterated Academic Enthusiasm

Research papers are usually stodgy affairs, full of passive voice and a total lack of personal pronouns. It’s the style, and it’s almost always painfully unreadable, so we all read abstract, captions, and conclusions, and just skim the rest unless … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Day

Polar bears are adorable and vicious; what’s not to love? Every February 27th I check on them; every year it’s a bit more grim. This year, I’m taking a break and just appreciating the adorableness that is Siku, a Danish … Continue reading

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Scientists like to link to things. To finish off the year, the things I’ve been linking to on various social media platforms: Disasters Biology Space Science Geoscience Science & Art

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Biology(ish) items I’ve been linking to on various forms of social media recently: Dino-decorations and the Holiday Dino-tree Spider brains. I still vote that if your brain is so big it spills into your legs, then, still squished for space, … Continue reading

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