Tag Archives: French

Deconstructing pyrophilous beetles

On December 14, we got a glimpse of the Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment, one of the most detailed studies of forest fires. Today, we return to the subject of forest fires: pyrophilous insect species like the beetle Melanophila acuminata lay their eggs … Continue reading

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A snapshot of versatility

Wolbachia is one of the favourite model systems in evolutionary biology and theoretical biology, as it has such a wide range of effects on the hosts it resides in. When the first Wolbachia genome was published in 2004, the paper was … Continue reading

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Walking with bent knees and hips

Today’s Open Access File of the Day puts the famous Laetoli footprints (C) into the perspective of a modern human walking either normally (A) or with bent knees and hips (B).   Fig. 1 of the article Laetoli Footprints Preserve Earliest Direct Evidence of … Continue reading

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Two or three sexes, that is the question

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is an excursion to the world of green algae, featuring Gonium pectorale (A), Eudorina elegans (B), Pleodorina californica (C), and Volvox carteri (D) as witnesses on the relative size of gametes in an investigation about whether Pogonomyrmex ants have two or three … Continue reading

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The neuron that wasn’t

When René Magritte once painted a tobacco pipe in the late 1920s, he added the subtitle “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” to it in order to emphasize the difference between physical objects and their representation. The painting is now housed in the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Morcego começa com M – what species would be in your animal alphabet?

Wikibooks has an Animal Alphabet book in several languages, which raises the question: what species would you choose for your animal alphabet in your language? In the Portuguese version, the letter M is represented by “Morcego” – a bat. The … Continue reading

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