December 6th, 2008


EEGs show brain differences between poor and rich kids

"Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult," said Robert Knight, director of the institute and a UC Berkeley professor of psychology. "We found that kids are more likely to have a low response if they have low socioeconomic status, though not everyone who is poor has low frontal lobe response."

How much credence do you give this?
Leafy Seadragon

Purple Frog

Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis was discovered in India 5 years ago. The frog spends most of the year underground, surfacing only for about two weeks, during the monsoon, for purposes of mating. The frog's reclusive lifestyle is what caused the species to escape earlier notice by biologists.

Unlike many other burrowing species of frogs that emerge and feed above the ground, this species has been found to forage underground feeding mainly on termites using their tongue and a special buccal groove.

Here is a male calling:


someone's LJ where they found these things too

Top ten Cephalopods

So I just got done writing my site's longest article, three solid pages of Cephalopoda including a simple summary of the group and a rather arguable "top ten" of what I consider the most overall impressive. Most of them have probably been posted here at different times in the past, but surely at least one or two facts might be new-ish to any given reader.

The trilogy begins here:

How would you have done the list? I tried to be sort of objective about it - had I gone by just personal favorites, Argonauta would be much higher up. I'm especially blown away by their occasional jellyfish parasitism.