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Climate, Overpopulation & Environment - The Rapa Nui debate

The story of the " ecocide " and collapse of the civilization on Easter Island , or Rapa Nui in the native language, became very popular with the film " Rapa Nui " (1994) and the book by American biologist Jared Diamond " Collapse - How societies choose to fail or survive " (2005)...

October 31, 2011 — David Bressan

Are Zombies nocturnal?

For Halloween, I thought I'd republish this old post of mine from July 1, 2010. Blame 'Night of the Living Dead' for this, but many people mistakenly think that zombies are nocturnal, going around their business of walking around town with stilted gaits, looking for people whose brains they can eat, only at night...

October 31, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Spook house sporotrichosis

This was previously posted on the 27/10/10 on my previous blog Disease of the Week. I have changed it up a bit but its essentially the same. It received an Editor's Selection then so I've left it on the post...

October 31, 2011 — James Byrne

T. Rex or Treat!

Spooky paleo-papercraft from Tiffany Miller of ! (edit:) Here's a bit more about papercraft from Tiffany: The paper sculptures are created with found specialty papers...

October 31, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Trick or Treat?

Halloween is a time to celebrate the power of disguise. Wherever your travels take you today it won’t be surprising if you bump into a few zombies, vampires or witches on your way.

October 31, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Revenge of the Zombifying Wasp

As it is Halloween, I am republishing my old post (from February 04, 2006, reposted on July 1, 2010): I was quite surprised that Carl Zimmer, in research for his book Parasite Rex, did not encounter the fascinating case of the Ampulex compressa (Emerald Cockroach Wasp) and its prey/host the American Cockroach ( Periplaneta americana , see also comments on Aetiology and Ocellated).In 1999, I went to Oxford, UK, to the inaugural Gordon Conference in Neuroethology and one of the many exciting speakers I was looking forward to seeing was Fred Libersat...

October 31, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

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