The growth or movement of a fixed organism toward or away from light. In plants, phototropism is a response to blue wavelengths of light and is caused by a redistribution of auxin from the illuminated side to the darker side of the shoot, resulting in quicker growth on the darker side and bending of the
So Mr. Big Food, The J-Man and I went to this guy’s talk: Sep 13, 2016 Visiting Speaker September 23 – Dr. Gregory Pence Dr. Gregory Pence will be giving a talk in our department on September 23. Dr. Pence is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of
Who Knew? If you don’t know what’s going on in this photo– … . Well, you are an idiot. You may recall that Tony invited Nassim Nicholas Taleb to our dinner party some years ago. Scroll on, Bro. View at Medium.com
Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures
or Any Other Earth/Life Science, but I’ve been considering a few things I’d like to open up for discussion. The small brown tree frog population has exploded and I just don’t know enough about amphibian reproductive biology to say this with any authority but I think it has something to do with the lack of
I mentioned the other day that I’d gotten a crappy old book about legumes (the bean family; The Leguminosae: A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation) from the Friends of the Library “freebie table” and was surprised to discover that it’s going for considerably more than $0.00 at Amazon. And then there’s this nearly
May’s Crappy Old Book of the Month was Science in Your Own Back Yard (Cooper, 1958). There was a lot I didn’t get to in this book. I had hoped to comment briefly on Chapter 10: Plants from Spores because one of the funniest things ever is the settled science of crappy old cook books, specifically the
Quick! What’s the first step in the good old scientific method? … … Time’s up. If you guessed, ‘ask a question‘ or ‘form a hypothesis‘ I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but you are wrong. The first step is observation. Grass is green. What is the mechanism by which blades of grass reflect
THE CICADAS ARE HERE!!!!! Brood XXIII, a 13-year brood, has emerged! This is exciting! ~~ I began this post on the 17th– four days ago. At that time we’d been hearing the cicadas for about a week or so. If you’ve never heard the din of a periodical cicada emergence, your life is impoverished in
There are as many reasons to enjoy crappy old books as there are days in the year. This (poorly photographed, sorry) illustration is from Principles of Economic Zoölogy written back in the crappy olden days when folks still bothered to spell zoology with “ö”. Its title page tells me the book has 301 such beautiful
I’m no Biologist– haven’t played one for years– but I think this is how ♂ and ♀ robins make F1 robins.Seen across the street from the Starkvegas library on the 1st Monday of the month… the book sale day!I thought I had recorded more than I had– I’m not familiar with recording on my iThingy.
“When I think of some of the men I might be married to now if it hadn’t been for you and that damn ukulele!” from George Price’s Characters: More Than 200 of His Best Cartoons (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1955.) I stumbled upon this while doing “research.” I’m working on something on which I should
I hummed a tune in my head in great detail for about 30 minutes and then asked myself, “What is this tune?” Turns out it was something from Carmen, and try as I might, I cannot recreate it now in my head. But it led me to remember what I’d asked for, and forgotten that
We– Mr. Big Food, Daughter C., Miss M. and I– invited some friends and colleagues out to Farther Along Farm for Sunday Brunch to mark the occasion of another successful event at State. Kudos to The Bart Man who orchestrated the event‘s Main Events. Mr. Big Food thought it would be fun to treat our
she sat in the front row, took notes, paid attention… and for all that, she didn’t even get her own wrist band.
you may want to check this out: Mississippi Philosophical Association Meeting Program 2013Hosted by Mississippi State University Theme: Philosophy of Biology Schedule below the fold All talks will take place in 211 McCool. Box lunch, Registration and Coffee Breaks will take place in 223A Etheredge. Friday, February 8th 12:00-12:55 Box lunch, Registration [MPA Business Meeting
While on a break from garden work, I came across this: One of the many great things about Paul Johnson’s magisterial A History of the American People is that he begins that history in the Sixteenth Century. There was an identifiable, culturally distinguishable American People long before there was a Revolutionary War, a Constitution, or
Having put up (don’t you just love that?) over 20 pounds of summer squash the other day, and having shelled four pounds of blackeyed peas (that’s four pounds of shelled peas) yesterday, we were going to pickle some jalapenos and make some pesto today. We’ll still do the pickling, but there will be no pesto
Althouse has the answer.
An ethogram is a catalogue or inventory of all behaviours or actions exhibited by an animal used in ethology. The behaviours in an ethogram are usually defined to be mutually exclusive and objective, avoiding subjectivity and functional inference as to their possible purpose. For example, a species may use a putative threat display, which in