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These Lizards Have Been Playing An Evolutionary Game Of Rock-Paper-Scissors For Millions Of Years
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/06/15/rock-paper-lizard/
Long before humans were a thing, some lizard species were finding mates using the guidelines of the human hand game, rock-paper-scissors
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Ancient dog and wolf DNA reveals wolves were domesticated twice, once in Asia and once in Europe, but because a small subset of dogs from Asia migrated through and replaced Eurasian dogs, nearly all modern dogs can trace their ancestry back to Asia
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wow! no clue how they found and chose to index my piece, but thrilled to see it happen!
Two teams of researchers have independently identified a gene-encoded enzyme that converts yellow pigments obtained from the diet into red pigments, which birds use to color their feathers, bills and bare skin
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Excellent article. Thanks for sharing. Very cool to know that redness is part of the 'honest signal'. Thanks to you, I learned new things today. :)
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BBC broadcaster David Attenborough has devoted his entire life to enlightening the public about nature, so recently, a dragonfly expert honored Sir David on his 90th birthday by naming a new species of his favorite insect for him
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Scientists built a "shark vision camera" that simulates what deep-sea sharks see, and it revealed that sharks may use biofluorescence to communicate with each other
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my latest piece: These Birds Learn Their Mother's Calls Before They Hatch http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/04/27/baby-fairy-wrens-learn-mothers-calls-before-hatching/
A recently-published study reveals that another songbird species starts learning to imitate their parents' calls before they even hatch
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A viral video of a pet parrot that is supposedly repeating the last words of its murdered owner has triggered a lot of speculation about whether a parrot could be a reliable murder witness
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Juvenile parrots have greater behavioral flexibility which makes them better problem-solvers than adults, traits help them discover efficient foraging strategies, according to research published today
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Two teams of researchers have independently identified a gene-encoded enzyme that converts yellow pigments obtained from the diet into red pigments, which birds use to color their feathers, bills and bare skin
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Conventional wisdom claims that culling is an effective tool for the conservation of endangered predators. But a newly-published study argues that culling may actually encourage poaching of endangered species
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The Labrador retriever, a popular dog breed known as a natural glutton, carries a genetic mutation that hard-wires it to overeat, according to new research. But their food obsession also makes them good assistance dogs
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Acoustic Scarecrows: A Humane, Non-Lethal Way To Reduce Bird Strikes? http://blogs.forbes.com/grrlscientist/?p=2122 

This newsstory discusses an innovative technology that uses a non-lethal method to convince birds and wildlife to stay away from airports, and other places where they're not wanted. This "acoustic scarecrow" thereby reduces the risk of a bird or wildlife strike, with an annual savings of millions of dollars, and hundreds of human lives.
Human land uses are creating more conflicts with birds and wildlife -- is there a non-lethal way to reduce these problems?
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scientist; freelance science writer, book reviewer & photographer
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scientist, writer, birder, aviculturist, photographer, artist, bibliophile and book worm, ravenclaw
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"GrrlScientist" is the blog pseudonym. I am an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist and science writer. I write a science blog for the Guardian and another one for Nature. My writing focuses on the interface between evolution, ethology and ecology, especially (but not always) in birds. I write a popular science blog that is hosted by the Guardian and another hosted by Spektrum/Nature Network. I also research and write for the Seattle-based Bird Note Radio, and was a judge for the 2014 Guardian/Wellcome Trust popular science writing competition.

As a judge who helped select the 2013 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize shortlist, I also have a deep passion for good books, especially good science books, which I review with some regularity. I am a former member of the ScienceBlogs (now defunct) community and a former guest writer for BirdingBlogs (now defunct). 

Social progressive, politically liberal, lacking the credulity necessary to believe in invisible or supernatural life forms, in the benevolence of large corporations or in the humanity of humans. I am a Ravenclaw. 

NOTE: I rarely respond to people on G+; twitter and email are more than enough to keep me busy!


Blogs:

GrrlScientist (hosted by The Guardian)
Maniraptora (hosted by Nature Publishing Group)
Birding Blogs (index of my guest pieces)

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i can fix broken butterfly wings without harming the butterfly
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  • University of Washington
    Zoology/Ornithology (PhD), 1995 - 2002
  • University of Washington
    Microbiology & Immunology
    Special fcous: Virology
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