Dakota McCoy and the Blacker-Than-Black Bird Plumage

Biologist Dakota McCoy, (seen here performing with a tray of drinks in hand, in “The Incompetence Opera,” part of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony) has a new study about color in birds. McCoy, together with colleagues Teresa Feo, Todd Alan Harvey, and Richard O. Prum, published “Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of super black bird of paradise feathers,” […]

The Incompetence Opera (including the Dunning-Kruger song)

Here’s video of the premier performance of “The Incompetence Opera”: “The Incompetence Opera” is a musical encounter with the Peter Principle and the Dunning-Kruger Effect. And with the word “so.” This opera premiere was part of the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, September 14, 2017, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. The opera is composed of three […]