of Richard Lewontin who deeply influenced generations
of researchers in .
📄 Charlesworth (2021) Richard C. Lewontin (1929–2021). Current Biology 31:R1020–R1022 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.

Animal Behaviour Live: second edition of the annual online conference on the 18th and 19th of November 2021. Once again, the conference is completely free of charge.
🔗 animalbehaviour.live/

Synchronous flashes in fireflies: physicists modelled it as a self-organized process with short-distance imitation of the neighbours flashes. 📄 Sarfati et al (2021) Self-organization in natural swarms of Photinus carolinus synchronous fireflies. Science Advances 7:eabg9259 dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abg9

Staying warm without shivering: sea uses proton leak (futile cycle) at the scale of to generate heat.
📄 Wright et al (2021) Skeletal muscle thermogenesis enables aquatic life in the smallest marine mammal. Science 373:223–225 dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.abf

Fasten your seat belts: when migrating between Africa and Arctic, great cruises at very high altitudes, between 2000 m (at night) and 4000 m (during daytime).
📄 Lindström et al (2021) Extreme altitude changes between night and day during marathon flights of great snipes. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.

Nesting in the : despite constant darkness in winter and cool condition in summer, they were non-migratory species, which raises the question of their possible (again).
📄 Druckenmiller et al (2021) Nesting at extreme polar latitudes by non-avian dinosaurs. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.

@sohkamyung Thanks for the tip. It sounds great. I will surely give a try.

is not quite like riding a bike: you forget how to do it if you don't practice. My geometry was a bit rusty from my student years. I thus greatly enjoyed reading this nice bunch of stories and elegant problems about elementary .
📄 Acheson D (2020) The wonder book of geometry. Oxford University Press, New York global.oup.com/academic/produc

RT @matthewjlutz@twitter.com

After a long wait, I'm excited to share new research on ants, infrastructure, and resilience 🐜 Our @PNASNews@twitter.com paper shows army ants self-assemble into “scaffolds” that keep others from falling – an adaptive collective response emerging from individual sensing and decisions (1/7)

🐦🔗: twitter.com/matthewjlutz/statu

“Many scientists overlook this crucial detail when reading PNAS.” In "Misinformation in and about science" Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom compare mechanisms that help spread misinformation in the media to those in the literature.
pnas.org/content/118/15/e19124
reddit.com/r/Open_Science/comm

@Roland est-ce qu'on sait pourquoi Etalab ferme ? Est-ce qu'il en existe une analyse ? C'est un peu frustrant qu'une instance institutionnelle comme ça ne soit pas pérenne...

A common misconception is that #Python is slow and cannot be fixed.

In this new #Nature #Astronomy article we reassert Python can be performant via awareness of and use of efficient compilers. Read more here:

https://rdcu.be/ciO0J

Make the message clear! Biology suffers from proliferation and overuse of not universally understood concepts.
📄 Martínez & Mammola (2021) Specialized terminology reduces the number of citations of scientific papers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20202581 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.2

Parasites are going extinct. Here's why we need to save them

Nearly half of all known animals on Earth are parasites, Wood says, and according to one study, a tenth of them may already be doomed to extinction in the next 50 years due to climate change, loss of their hosts, and deliberate attempts at eradication.

nationalgeographic.com/science

#ClimateCrisis #Biodiversity #Extinction

@openscience Why are they shocking? In what sense? Could you be more specific?

Marine species are shifting their distribution out of the , towards cooler latitudes.
📄 Chaudhary et al (2021) Global warming is causing a more pronounced dip in marine species richness around the equator. PNAS 118 dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.201509

Dream in Octopus? exhibits active states with colour changes and rapid eye-movements which may indicate . Don't miss the nice videos of sleeping octopuses.
📄 Medeiros et al (2021) Cyclic alternation of quiet and active sleep states in the octopus. iScience dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021

Science is not always theory driven. Purely descriptive studies can be fascinating too. Here is a collection of videos illustrating extremely rare behaviours in the including egg laying by the queen and brood care by workers. I have spent years working on bees, and I've never seen such a thorough work.
📄 Siefert et al (2021) Honey bee behaviours within the hive: Insights from long-term video analysis. PLoS ONE 16:e0247323 dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pon

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