Category Archives: Journal Club

Journal Club: Starlings on Prozac: How pharmaceuticals may affect wildlife

SUMMARY: Recent research suggests that the commonly prescribed psychiatric drug, Prozac, occurs at environmentally relevant concentrations that can significantly alter behaviour and physiology in wild birds A study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Current Biology, revealed that some psychiatric … Continue reading

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Journal Club: Birds identify good nuts by listening to them

SUMMARY: Wild birds identify “good” seeds without first opening the shells by weighing them and by listening to the sound produced when clicking their beaks on the shell, according to a recent study A previous study suggested that birds prefer … Continue reading

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The Psychology Behind Wrapping Paper [Reprise]

Believe it or not, there have been studies that determine why we use wrapping paper on gifts! Continue reading

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Invasive Exotic Species: More than Meets the Eye

Genetic analyses of an exotic invasive parrot species reveals (1) a cryptic species and (2) support for the notion that the pet trade was involved in establishing this invasive species in the USA Continue reading

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Why Are Female Blue Tits Unfaithful?

Female blue tits might be unfaithful based both on their body condition and on that of their mates Continue reading

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Love, Sex and War in the Seychelles

Or, “How a very rare bird species predicted the current worldwide economic collapse” Continue reading

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The Biology of Politics: Is It For Real?

Instead of using free will and conscious thought to choose political candidates, people may be voting according to their biology Continue reading

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Ratite Flight: Lost But Not Forgotten

Another example of the phenomenon that Huxley called ”the great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.” Continue reading

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Are Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Identical?

For the first time: researchers have discovered a novel pathogenic mutation linked to mad cow disease Continue reading

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Magpies Challenge Bird Brain Myth

Despite a different brain architecture, birds are self-aware: which is essential for consciousness to evolve Continue reading

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