Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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Sunday, October 28, 2018
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Friday, September 28, 2018
The summer is finally drawing to a close, and it’s time for the September Curious Meerkat Newsletter! This month I finally published the first part of my new series, “There’s No Such Thing as Natural“, looking at genetically modified organisms and the connotations of the w... .. read more..
There’s No Such Thing as Natural pt I
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
As we all know, natural automatically means good. Nothing in nature has ever hurt anyone, ever. In the first part of my series deconstructing the term 'natural', I talk genetically modified organisms and domestication, and ask what is really natural, anyway? .. read more..
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Welcome to this month’s Curious Meerkat Newsletter. This month I wrote a short piece on Chinese tree shrews, which have evolved a slightly different receptor on their tongue that allows them to eat large quantities of spicy food. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn .. read more..
Tree Shrews like it Spicy
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Virtually all mammals wisely choose to avoid eating chilli pepeprs and other foods that taste 'hot'. New research shows that Chinese tree shrews have evolved to eat large quantities of chillies in their diet by tuning down their taste buds to the chemical that makes these foods hot. .. read more..
Ticks rely on Bacterial Vitamin Supplements
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ticks feed on the blood of vertebrates, but this diet is low in vital B vitamins. A study published earlier this year shows that ticks supplement their diet with vitamin B from mutualistic bacteria. .. read more..
Lice evolved with birds and mammals
Monday, May 28, 2018
Parasites are thought to diversify with their host species, but the theory has rarely been tested. Kevin Johnson at the University of Illinois and his colleagues sequenced the genomes of 46 species of lice that parasitise birds or mammals, and two non-parasitic bark lice, and constructed an evolu... .. read more..
Monday, April 30, 2018
This month I’ve been working on a book proposal, which has been keeping me very busy, as well as a couple of blogs that will also be comedy sets! I wrote a short piece about social immunity in acrobat ants. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn .. read more..
Ants immunise their young
Sunday, April 29, 2018
As I’ve mentioned before, living in a large densely-packed social group, like a city or an ant colony, comes with some drawbacks – perhaps worst of which is the risk of catching a contagious diseases. Earlier this year I wrote about research showing that raider ants treat injured workers... .. read more..