Marijuana improves night vision of tadpoles, study suggests

Marijuana improves night vision of tadpoles, suggests a newly published study: “Endocannabinoid signaling enhances visual responses through modulation of intracellular chloride levels in retinal ganglion cells,” Loïs S Miraucourt, Jennifer Tsui, Delphine Gobert, Jean-François Desjardins, Anne Schohl, Mari Sild, Perry Spratt, Annie Castonguay, Yves De Koninck, Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, Paul W Wiseman, and Edward S Ruthazer, eLife, 2016;5:e15932. […]

Tadpoles, eunuchs, Rudy Giuliani

Robyn Williams interviews Ig Nobel Prize winner Richard Wassersug on ABC’s [click to listen] The Science Show: Richard Wassersug noticed a huge anomaly in the evolutionary trees of tadpoles when compared with frogs. This sparked 30 years of research into the range and variety of tadpoles. Part of Richard Wassersug’s research has involved tasting tadpoles: […]

Ingesting — Knowledge

In the same spirit that (independently) led Richard Wassersug to conduct the (Ig Nobel Prize winning) study “On the Comparative Palatability of Some Dry-Season Tadpoles from Costa Rica,” Ralph Lewin and Mike Doudoroff performed a simple experiment: Why, they asked, didn’t birds decimate the festoons of Monarchs that hung on the near-by butterfly trees? Do […]