The Pros and Cons of Field Biology

Pro: Living in the rainforest for three weeks. Con: True to its name, it has been raining here for the last four days without end. Everything is damp.   Pro: I am surrounded by nature. Fresh air. Wildlife. Con: Working WiFi requires blood sacrifice. I am going through Netflix withdrawal.   Pro: There’s a pizza …

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Whale Humps Obscure Baby Bumps

When it comes to reproductive physiology, humpback whales have been stumping scientists for years. Why? Well, try to imagine a pregnant humpback whale. Reference the picture above of a non-pregnant whale if you need help. The perceptive observer will notice that even a normal whale is delightfully chubby. So chubby, in fact, that a pregnant …

Rolling the Dice: A Link Between the Amygdala and Risk Tolerance

To celebrate Plebian Science's 1-year birthday, this post is twice as long as the usual ones! Thanks for reading, everyone! The researchers then used a variety of brain imaging techniques to look for differences between brains that were very risk-tolerant (willing to roll the metaphorical dice for more money) and brains that were more risk-adverse …

Listening to Picasso: Replacing Lost Senses with Brain-Computer Interfaces

What if you could hear color? Though the idea might sound non-sensical at first, it is far from impossible, via a therapeutic technique called sensory substitution. Sensory substitution is a form of controlled synesthesia (try saying sensory-substitution-synesthesia five times fast!) Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which by stimulating one sensory or cognitive pathway, an …