Posted in November 2011

Liebster award!

Liebster award!

The blogger over at Alternative Hypothesis has nominated me for a Liebster blog award! Four other great blogs were also honored, so I recommend that you check those out. The Liebster award is a way for bloggers to help each other out by spreading the word about their blogs. The rules for this award are: … Continue reading

Diatom sperm go fishing for eggs

Diatom sperm go fishing for eggs

Did you know that diatoms have sex? I didn’t. You know diatoms, those microscopic, silicon-encased, sorta algae things that live in the ocean…and basically anywhere else there’s water. They’re single-celled organisms that hang out at the bottom of the food chain and their dead, decomposed bodies (called diatomaceous earth) are used by humans for many … Continue reading

My, what a big claw you have

My, what a big claw you have

Male fiddler crabs wave their giant claws to get the attention of females. Females prefer males that wave a lot, in line with a common theme in female choice: making the male work for it. Waving that big thing around is more than just an advertisement. The thing is heavy to lift, so the male … Continue reading

Measuring the force of a duck penis. For science!

Measuring the force of a duck penis. For science!

Scientists hope to measure the force experienced by female ducks when a drake’s penis penetrates them (can I call it ‘penile force’?). Meanwhile, the battle of the sexes rages on… Update April 2, 2013: The original video I had on here, which explained the purpose of the research, is no longer available. But here’s a … Continue reading