Afternoon Inquisition

Sunday AI: New words out of context

I am sitting in the Tampa Airport today, on my way home after a wonderful scientific conference with the Organization of Biological Field Stations.  (Also, why has no one told …

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Faux bedbug control
Afternoon InquisitionScience

AI: Skepticism and Bed Bugs

I am excited to report that the FTC has begun to take action against some of the bogus products for sale claiming to protect you against bed bugs:  “The Federal …

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Rock Flipping day!
Afternoon InquisitionScience

AI: International Rock Flipping Day!

Just wanted to remind everyone that September 9, 2012 is International Rock Flipping Day!  This is the 6th annual IRFD. Go outside, and spend some time with your inner kid (or …

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dragonfly
Science

Spineless: Threats to the World’s Invertebrates

Hot off the press, a new report published by the Zoological Society of London, in cooperation with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Wildscreen.  You might recognize IUCN …

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The Bug Chicks in their fort--um. Webbing demonstration
Afternoon Inquisition

Sunday AI: Forts!

My friends the Bug Chicks released a new video this week about a group of little insects you’ve probably never heard of:  Embiids, or webspinners.  It was, as usual, adorable …

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peacock spider
QuickiesScience

Skepchick Quickies, 8.29

Mary is under the weather, so Rebecca has foolishly allowed me to take over the quickies for today! I present: SC quickies, Invertebrate Style.  Muahahahahahaha!  *strokes pet mantis evilly* Corn …

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Photo of boat
Afternoon InquisitionScience

Sunday AI: Unexpected Discoveries

I now live near (well, within an hour’s drive) of Long Island Sound, and I wanted to learn more about the new environment I seem to be stuck in.  I …

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Parrot Louse
Science

Lice, Lice Baby: Convergent Evolution in bird lice

This video is a great example of some fascinating evolutionary biology.  Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologist Kevin  Johnson describes his research on the history of feather lice.  Anyone who works with …

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