This week’s paper of the week shows that dung beetles use celestial features, including the Milky Way, when navigating with their fresh dung balls away from dung piles. Again, this paper shows the extraordinary talents of insects. Brilliant.
Dacke et al (2013) Dung beetles use the Milky Way for orientation. Current Biology 23: 1-3.
This week’s Paper of the Week is more of a divertissement than usual. McCuskey explores the scientific use and abuse of Sherlock Holmes by proponents of Intelligent Design and also by evolutionary biologists. He shows that Holmes is an unreliable ally and is best left out of rhetorical debates about evolution. I agree: the only fictional authority we need for wisdom and wit is Mr Bennet.
McCuskey, B. (2012) Sherlock Holmes and Intelligent Design. Quart Rev Biol 87: 225-235.
Congratulations to Liam who passed his driving test on Thursday. Just Becky to go…
Liam and Emily’s paper on sexual stereotypes in sexual cannibalism research is now out “Online-early” at Animal Behaviour. For a sneak preview go here.
Welcome to Jade Green who joins the lab this week as a research technician on our NERC grant exploring the genetics of sex ratio behaviour. Jade also did her undergraduate degree here so is an old St Andrews hand.
Happy New Year from the Insect Behavioural Ecology group!
To get 2013 going, the paper of the week this week is this interesting article just out in Science:
Quoidbach et al (2013) The End of History Illusion. Science 339: 96-98
These sorts of studies often make me worry about problems with regression to the mean, but it is a fun story nonetheless.