Tag: biology

Ladies stick together: from humans to prairie dogs

“How can you live so far from home? I couldn’t take it when I just moved to another state.” says girlfriend number one me: “Well…I am super busy doing activities that I love. I rarely have time to think much about it!” “Don’t you miss your family and friends? says girlfriend number two me: “Of course I do! But I know I’ll…

Where does my garbage go? A grim reality.

Before Amsterdam, I lived in Tampa, FL, very close to the Gulf of Mexico. Every time we would go to the beach, Subway sandwiches under arm, we knew that the hundreds of shore birds would be eager to meet us.  Though they were a nuisance when we were trying to eat our food, I am glad that we were leaving behind some bread crumbs, or a…

The science of vegetarian easy cheesy lentil-smothered potatoes

I am quite a busy chick these days. Not that I am complaining…being busy is awesome if you are doing things that make your heart/mind satisfied. This is entirely the case with me. By day, I’m trying to tease out mechanisms of progression in pancreatic cancer (yes, I have heard about the new diagnostic test developed by a 15 year…

Up close with an emotions expert: Dr. Lauren Bylsma

One of the coolest things about being a scientist is the privilege of interacting with bright, creative women from a variety of disciplines. Actually as a grad student, I somehow became the token cancer bio girl at many psychology social events, and that’s where I met Dr. Lauren Bylsma. Since we share a love of delicious food, dark beer, random adventures, and…

Moles require both nostrils to sniff out food: smelling in stereo

Originally posted on True Strange Library:
  Most mammals, including humans, see in stereo and hear in stereo. But whether they can also smell in stereo is the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Now, a new study shows definitively that the common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) – the same critter that disrupts the lawns and gardens of homeowners throughout the…

Snuggle Bees: Bee-ing totally adorable.

Well, it’s almost that time of year to celebrate being impaled in the backside by cupid’s arrow (you’re in love, congrats!). Alternately, perhaps you plan to celebrate another year solo…although I hope you and your cat/dog/BFF/wine have a beautiful night together. For my international readers who have no idea what that means…it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Beware of public displays of…

The best photobomb of all time.

YAY! Even the birds are happy in Amsterdam today! No more scurrying along on half frozen canals…the weather has slightly warmed up melting all the brown, disgusting slush. This speckled/filthy-looking bird, however, appears to have had one too many cocktails last night. Alone. In the cold. Furthermore, he is quite irritated that after finally getting a shot at the spotlight,…