Friday, December 23, 2011

Dance Your Ph.D.

I've been researching smell, and stumbled upon this riotously entertaining dance video. Really. You'll have to trust me on this one.

Dance your PhD 2011

"Smell mediated response to relatedness of potential mates. Individuals often migrate from their place of origin in a relatively slow pace. As such, related individuals frequently interact. Relatedness between two individuals is defined as the percentage of genes in those two individuals that are identical by..."

In Discover Magazine This Month: Lawnmower Man

It was Mary Leakey who discovered Paranthropus boisei, an evolutionary cousin of ours that went extinct some 1.5 million years ago. Because of his strong jaws and facial musculature, he has long been called Nutcracker Man. New research shows he was a grazer. See Discover Magazine's "Top 100 Stories of 2011 #85: Meet the Grazing Hominid."