Macaws come from other macaws, and sometimes scientists need or want to help the process along. This study reveals some of the secrets to making it happen: “Training large macaws for artificial insemination procedures,” Frédérique Leblanc, Géraldine Pothet, Michel Saint Jalme, Mathieu Dorval & Dalila Bovet [pictured here], Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, vol. […]
If you have a problem with surfeit of birds or a lack of avalanches, this invention offers a possible dual solution: NOISE GENERATING DEVICE TO SCARE BIRDS OR TRIGGER AVALANCHES, Michael Eggers, US patent application number: 12/303,141, Filing date: Jun 5, 2007.
Kees Moeliker, discoverer of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, together with several other guests on a Dutch TV program discusses the curious case of the decapitated canary:
A Pennsylvania judge allegedly used simple mathematics to decide how long a newly convicted felon would stay in prison, according to a December 29, 2009 Citizensvoice report (thanks to Ted Nimes for bringing it to our attention): Former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. sentenced one former juvenile defendant to six months at a […]
This item appears in the Feedback column of this week’s New Scientist: WHAT were the two barn swallows we reported on two weeks ago really doing (21 March)? As we noted, conservative blogger Lew Waters thinks they are a loving male and female couple, one of whom has died tragically – but Feedback reader “Jim” […]