Archive for the ‘fauna’ Category

If so, get ready for your 15 minutes of fame. ScienceDaily reports that the bug in question has stumped researchers at London’s Natural History Museum.

Experts checked the new bug with those in the Museum’s national insect collection of more than 28 million specimens. Amazingly, there is no exact match.

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Zounds! There’s really wonderful material at Cambridge University’s Darwin website.

Darwin Online is by far the largest Darwin publication in history. It contains over 43,000 pages of searchable text and 150,000 electronic images. This site contains at least one exemplar of all known Darwin publications, reproduced to the highest scholarly standards, both as searchable text and electronic images of the originals. . . . The site also provides the largest collection of Darwin’s private papers ever published in c. 20,000 items in c. 90,000 images, thanks to the kind permission of Cambridge University Library.

And if you don’t get enough of Darwin there, you can always visit the Darwin Correspondence Project to have a look Darwin’s unpublished correspondence.

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According to an article in the Telegraph, MIT researchers are using cell phones to call owls.

When Eben Goodale wants to count the birds, he places a call that triggers phones in the forest to play, via speakers, pre-recorded owl calls, such as hoots and whistles.

Territorial owls raise their heads and approach what they think may be an intruder. If they respond with a hoot, the phones transmit the sound back to the “owl project” website.

Hey, Con Bio students, spark any thesis ideas?

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