First Rule of Ant Fight Club: Choose a Model for Ant Fight Club

Two ants enter; one ant leaves. (Well, the numbers are actually somewhat larger than that.) In the paper Modeling ant battles by means of a diffusion-limited Gillespie algorithm, biologist Giacomo Santini and his coauthors have proposed two modeling approaches for studying battles among ants. When developing theories (for animal behavior and in other complex systems), […]

A Feminist Science Reading of Dr. Bodnar’s Ig Nobel Prize-Winning Emergency Bra

A coming event: Public Health Striptease: A Feminist Science Reading of Dr. Bodnar’s Ig Nobel Prize-Winning Emergency Bra Baltimore Under Ground Science Space, Baltimore, MD Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) Well up pops Dr. Clare Jen, a researcher at UMd College Park based at Denisen U,  wanting to interview the women […]

Four-headed worms, six-legged frogs, and other new fauna

“We have four-headed worms, six-legged frogs, and many other unusual creatures here as part of our work on bioelectricity and organ regeneration.” Biologist Michael Levin said that. Charles Choi explains, in an article in LiveScience under the headline “Mutant tadpoles sprout eyeballs on their tails“. BONUS: “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain” BONUS: “Two legs, […]

Effect of zebra stripes on horseflies

In a relative sense, zebra stripes repel horseflies. That’s the latest discovery reported by Gábor Horváth [pictured here], who discovered that white horses attract fewer flies, and that Vikings knew a thing or two about how to use light for ship navigation. For details, see the study: “Polarotactic tabanids find striped patterns with brightness and/or polarization modulation least […]