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Things with Feathers — lambdaphagy: On a post by Nick Land. See endless... Mixing Memory: Monkeys Playing With Boys and Girls Toys: One for the Annals of Really Bad Research. I've been known to be critical, perhaps overly so, of the media's bad science reporting, because it's, well, bad.

Mixing Memory: Monkeys Playing With Boys and Girls Toys: One for the Annals of Really Bad Research

But what is the media to do when the science itself is really bad? Since my advice to the media (which no one in the media has actually read, of course) is usually to listen to scientists, I don't really have an answer to that question, because when there's bad science, there's a scientist doing it. If the media listens to that scientist (and it's his or her work, so why wouldn't they?) , they're probably not going to know it's bad science, even when it's really bad, as in the case of the study I'm about to describe (really, really, really bad). I suppose they could contact other scientists who are not involved with the research, and ask them about it, but that means finding a person who's not only read the study, but also works in an area close enough to that of the study to actually be able to evaluate it. Where did the reporter get this idea? And Wow! And thus: Catalogue of Organisms.

Reptiles

Argumate: raginrayguns: The ancient Roman... - argumate. Winchester School of Art Library Blog. Last month our Site Engagement Librarian Donna Ballan attended the Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s Victorian Animal Encounters Conference at the University of Portsmouth.

Winchester School of Art Library Blog

Two of the papers discussed nineteenth-century illustrations of ‘insect women’ in the satirical journal Punch. Intrigued by these peculiar depictions of women ‘fashioned from nature’, Donna decided to take a closer look at our own collection of Punch to discover what these illustrations reveal about contemporary attitudes towards Victorian women and female fashion. Figure 1: Punch, 17 June 1871 Figure 2: Punch, 23 April 1870 The Knitting Reference Library at Winchester School of Art holds issues of Punch dating from 1841 up until 1951, and I have to admit, these volumes are some of my favourite items in the collection. Punch provides a fascinating (and sometimes strange) window into Victorian humour and political satire. Moorhen Home Page. Optical illusions show how animals perceive the world. Visual illusions remind us that we are not passive decoders of reality but active interpreters.

Optical illusions show how animals perceive the world

Our eyes capture information from the environment, but our brain can play tricks on us. Perception doesn’t always match reality. Scientists have used illusions for decades to explore the psychological and cognitive processes that underlie human visual perception. More recently, evidence is emerging that suggests many animals, like us, can perceive and create a range of visual illusions. Understanding where these illusions arise in different brains could help us not only learn more about how we perceive our world, but also how other animals perceive theirs.

In an August study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, for example, Yale researchers showed that fruit flies, like humans, can be fooled into seeing motion in an image where there is none, such as the rotating snake illusion, well-known to neuroscientists and psychologists. Moving images Avian illusionists Tricking dragons. Zooniverse. 2014 08 03Shilajit A Review. Nix Draws Stuff: Archive. Neural Networks Create a Disturbing Record of Natural History in AI-Generated Illustrations by Sofia Crespo.

Paleo

WTF, Scientific Papers? Mammals. Micro. Science Facts That Sound Like Nonsense. Books. Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology. Arthropods. Plants. Minerals. Ocean. Birds.

Evolution

Furia infernalis, a legendary parasite. By Piter Kehoma Boll The year was 1728.

Furia infernalis, a legendary parasite

The young naturalist Carl Linnaeus was exploring some marshes in the vicinities of Lund, Sweden, in search of botanical specimens. Suddenly he was wounded by something that felt like a sudden dart hitting the skin. Linnaeus deduced that the cause was a small slender worm that buried itself deeply and quickly in the flesh, so that it was impossible to try to extract it. The wound caused such a severe inflammation that his life became endangered. Several naturalists continued to spread the idea of such an animal and several works regarding the creature were published by very respected cientists. The Furia infernalis was supposed to look somewhat like this. The idea of the existence of the creature soon became settled in people’s minds.

An older, wiser and more experienced Linnaeus, many years later, altered his opinion on the creature. Today Furia infernalis is considered to be an entirely fictional animal belonging to the realm of Cryptozoology. It'a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a... Frog? It's not just birds, bats and insects that can take to the air and soar, flitter or buzz to their heart's content.

It'a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a... Frog?

Powered flight is a wonderful achievement, and we humans have spent a huge amount of time and resources to be able to partake in its delights. There are many other animals in the world who give flight a go. Most only reach gliding, allowing them to extend jumping distance and avoid the usual "plummet to your untimely death" consequence. Flying Squirrels are one of these.