January Editorial
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I must apologise to anyone who has been trying to visit the Curious Meerkat site recently. I’ve had a nightmare with web hosting migration this month, but I’m pleased to say it’s all finished now and the site is back up and running for good! In between sorting that out and doing... .. read more..

Biological Linguistics: What is a bug?
Monday, January 29, 2018

I’d like to talk about a very important issue, very close to my heart, and one that I think needs greater public awareness – the definition of the word ‘bug’. See, people think they can just throw the word bug around willy-nilly. Anything small, flying or irritating, is a bug. Any pest, is ... .. read more..

What are the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain?
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Question: What are the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain? Answer: Yoga and meditation have effects on physiology, brain chemistry, and cognitive processes; these vary depending on the exact type of practise being performed and how long a person has practised it for. Studies of brain act... .. read more..

Reading List: Meditation & the Brain
Sunday, December 31, 2017

This is the full reading list from my research into the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain. .. read more..

December Editorial
Friday, December 22, 2017

So you might have noticed I missed last month’s newsletter. I’ve been suffering with poor health recently and it slipped my mind to write the editorial, which, I’d forgotten, triggers the newsletter to send. But nevermind, it would have been quite a sparse newsletter anyway. Thi... .. read more..

October Editorial
Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween! This month we’ve had a great guest post from Emily Folk about elephant poaching, entitled: “Why are we so obsessed with Ivory?”. I’d love to know what you think about the newsletter, or any of my articles – feel free to drop me an email at: claire@cu... .. read more..

Why Are We So Obsessed With Ivory?
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Have you ever considered a world without elephants? This is a world we’re heading toward with the profound level of poaching that has occurred. As a result of almost institutionalized poaching over many decades, we have decimated the population of wild African elephants to between 400,000 and 600... .. read more..

September Editorial
Saturday, September 30, 2017

I can’t believe it’s September already! This month I’ve finally published a really important article to me, one that’s taken a lot of research and has also become part of a comedy routine (and soon to become a video blog, too – watch this space!): “An End to Su... .. read more..

Ig Nobel Prizes 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Ig Nobel Prizes is one of my favourite events of the year, and this year the winning research is particularly great. On the 14th September, The 27th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures took place at Harvard University in Massachusetts. In case you’re not familiar with ... .. read more..

An End to Superfluous Salad
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I’d like to talk about a problem. It might seem like quite a small problem, but it’s a pervasive one. That problem, is salad. Yes, that’s right, I said salad. Not high on the list of major world perils, but perhaps it should be. I mean, for starters, it’s everwhere. Lurkin... .. read more..

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