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Disproving Hollywood Stereotypes: The Bare Bones of Piranha Behaviour

Disproving Hollywood Stereotypes: The Bare Bones of Piranha Behaviour

Article by Amy Deacon   People eat fish, Grogan. Fish dont eat people reassures the camp leader in the film Piranha, shortly before a shoal of incredibly voracious fish turn the waters alongside the camp site red, in a savage attack on innocent bathers.

February 10, 2014 — Felicity Muth
Why are these mice shaking their booties?

Why are these mice shaking their booties?

Pacifica Sommers is a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Here she tells us about this unusual mouse behaviour she witnessed when doing research.

November 15, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Bumblebees Are More Flexible Than We Knew

Bumblebees Are More Flexible Than We Knew

I recently wrote about how bumblebees were able to perform some seemingly impressive feats, although the underlying reason they could do so was relatively simple.

May 16, 2014 — Felicity Muth

Why Do Rock Sparrows Decorate Their Nests?

When you read the word `communication', you probably think of language in some form, likely spoken or written. This is because, as humans, we're obsessed with communicating through language; it's likely that an hour doesn’t go by in your day when you don't communicate with someone by phone, email or text.

December 31, 2014 — Felicity Muth

An Optical Illusion As Seen By a Fish

Visual illusions are fun: we know with our rational mind that, for example, these lines are parallel to each other, yet they don't appear that way.

February 28, 2015 — Felicity Muth
Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

A large portion of what animals do is interact with each other. As a social species, we can hardly go an hour without some kind of interaction with another human, be it face-to-face or via text or email.

May 17, 2014 — Felicity Muth
Wrens so happy that they duet, but how do they do it?

Wrens so happy that they duet, but how do they do it?

One of my favourite animals that I only discovered existed recently has to be the happy wren. Not only is it happy (just look at this photo), but it also duets with its partner in such a synchronised way that they are often mistaken for a single bird.

October 29, 2013 — Felicity Muth
How Do Ants Coordinate Moving Huge Objects?

How Do Ants Coordinate Moving Huge Objects?

As a child I used to spend hours watching groups of ants move large objects together and wonder how they managed to coordinate themselves. If I had to move some furniture with some friends, I’m sure we’d be talking the whole time about which way we were going and how fast, but as far as [...]

September 18, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Can Pigs Empathize?

There are a handful of traits that scientists and philosophers would argue would make us human, including self-awareness and language. Another key part of being human is thought to be our ability to empathize (although I sometimes find myself doubting some humans' abilities to empathize).

January 13, 2015 — Felicity Muth
Any Black Bear Experts Out There?

Any Black Bear Experts Out There?

I recently took a trip to Yellowstone national park, which, as expected, was an amazing place. The geysers and hot water pools were beautiful; walking around there you felt like you were on another planet.

September 18, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Lost ants backtrack their steps

Think about where you’ve been today, and how you found your way there. As humans, we use different navigational techniques at different times.

October 21, 2013 — Felicity Muth

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