This week’s ambiguously-worded science headline: “Profitability and Cost Analysis for Contract Broiler Production in Turkey,”by Suleyman Karaman, Yavuz Taşcıoğlu, and Osman Doğan Bulut, Animals, vol. 13, no. 13, 2023. The authors are based at Akdeniz University and Iğdır University, Turkey.
Study, if you will the Turkish Batman (the city) and the Turkish Batman (the fictional superhero). Here, to the right, is a map showing the former. Here, below, is a video appreciation of the latter:
Turkeys are not much celebrated for their beauty. This study exemplifies that non-celebration: “Gross Appearance of Turkey Cloacae Before and After Single or Multiple Manual Semen Collections,” M.R. Bakst and H.C. Cecil, Poultry Science, vol. 62, no. 4, April 1, 1983, pp. 683-9. The authors explain: “The gross appearance of the turkey cloaca was examined […]
Here is Joseph. Joseph built a Rube Goldberg machine to roast a turkey. Joseph made a video of his Rube Goldberg machine roasting a turkey. This is that video: (Thanks to Sarah Smith for bringing this to our attention.) NEXT POST: Why did they smell the unwashed jeans?
Spying birds get smaller and more sophisticated. Last year a vulture (Gyps fulvus) made the news after it was caught in Saudi Arabia, wearing a GPS-transmitter marked ‘Tel Aviv University’ and last week, the BBC reports, an other alleged Israeli spy was found dead near the town of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The bird, an […]
Veterinary surgeons offer their insight to anyone who plans to cook a Christmas (or Thanksgiving or other) turkey. Details are in this new study: “Investigation of the best suture pattern to close a stuffed Christmas turkey,” D. Verwilghen, V. Busoni, G. van Galen, M. Wilke, vol. 169, no. 26, Veterinary Record, 2011 pp. 685-6. The authors, […]
This month’s featured scientist in our Scientists Who Are Okay series is: Professor Aral Okay, a geologist at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
What’s the origin of facial erections in turkeys? The snood — the long fleshy appendage above the beak, is what erects, becoming red as it engorges with blood. (The snood photos we reproduce here are from the Homegrown Hobby Farm blog.) Rebecca T. Kimball and Edward L. Braun of the University of Florida explain at […]
Many non-Turks are unaware that Batman is in Turkey. And Batman’s contributions to science – like the city of Batman itself, and like the province of Batman, in which the city is located, and like the Batman river, which flows through the province – are less well known than one might expect, considering the fame […]