Archive for March 2015

Feb 2015: Damien Farine, penguins who can't taste, and shiny tree swallows

This month, I find out that penguins can’t tell the difference between savoury and sweet. I also chat with Sonia Van Wijk from The Universit√© de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, about what makes a male tree swallow attractive to a female who's on the look-out for more than one partner. And in the Scientific spark, I talk to social network whizz Damien Farine, from the University of Oxford, about his path into science.

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Adelie penguins from


Sonia Van Wijk's Research Gate page

The penguin taste loss paper in Current Biology

Damien Farine's webpage
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Posted by Hannah

Jan 2015: Niels Dingemanse, animal arithmetic, and smooth billed ani alarm calls

This month, animal arithmetic from a research group in Italy who investigated how chickens order numbers – I put Naked Scientist Graihagh Jackson through her paces. Also in the episode, Leanne Grieves from McMaster University tells me what Smooth-billed anis do in response to different types of predators. And Niels Dingemanse, from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology tells me about his Scientific Spark.

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Credit: Rosa Rugani, University of Padova

Leanne Grieves' paper on Ani in Animal Behaviour
Number-space mapping in the newborn chick resembles humans’ mental number line, in Science
Niels Dingemanse's research page
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Posted by Hannah

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