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Stories by Christie Wilcox

How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

A special chemical blend injected into the brains of cockroaches makes them pawns in the jewel wasp’s control—and perfect live food for its offspring

August 10, 2016 — Christie Wilcox

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."

A year and a half ago, the decision to pack up shop at ScienceBlogs and begin blogging at Scientific American was an easy one. The inimitable Bora Zivkovic had assembled a blogging dream team, a group of people I respected and admired and couldn't wait to call networkmates.

February 14, 2013 — Christie Wilcox

Gingrey is a bad doctor, says science

"I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things" — apparently, Phil, you don't. Photo by CQ Roll Call. It seems like every time a male republican tries to talk about women, he somehow says something stupid and misogynistic.

January 14, 2013 — Christie Wilcox

Parasitic Wasps Master Microbiology In Addition To Neurochemistry

"Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death, and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren." - Johnny Quid, RocknRolla Female of the Emerald cockroach wasp Ampulex compressa manipulating an American cockroach, Periplaneta americana , which has been made docile by wasp venom and that will serve as food for the wasp larva.

January 7, 2013 — Christie Wilcox

Science Sushi: 2012 in Review

Tonight, we usher in a brand new year and say farewell to 2012. The first full year here at Scientific American Blogs. The year of the Higgs Boson. The year Curiosity landed on Mars.

December 31, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Happy Holidays, from my tank to yours!

Stumpy (devil scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis diabolus ) and Ginny (Hawaiian green lionfish, Dendrochirus barberi ) wishing you the best this holiday season!

December 25, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

The Best Gangnam Parody I've Seen Yet

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to do a great parody video, but if you have some to include, it's even more brilliant:

December 15, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Don't Pee On It: Zinc Emerges As New Jellyfish Sting Treatment

Biochemist and venom expert Angel Yanagihara Nothing can turn a fun day at the beach into a nightmare faster than a jellyfish sting, as Angel Yanagihara, researcher at the University of Hawaii, learned firsthand when she was swimming off Kaimana beach in 1997.

December 12, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Plant's Cry For Help Attracts The Wrong Crowd

A simple white butterfly caterpillar ( Pieris rapae ) nibbles blissfully on a cabbage leaf, completely unaware of the complex interspecies interactions he has just set in motion.

November 27, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Musical Monday: As Hard As It Is

Welcome to Musical Monday, where I feature an original song just for the heck of it. Want to hear more? Check out my previous musical posts: Time - and brain chemistry - heal all wounds, Biochemically, All Is Fair, Taking Einstein's Advice and the first Musical Monday: Stay Near Me.

November 26, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Wild Sex excites me

We humans like to think we have the corner on kink. We bust out our whips and chains, flouting our sexual ingenuity. But, as Dr. Carin Bondar has been telling audiences for years, our sex lives are PG-13 in comparison to those in the animal kingdom.

November 21, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Advice for grad students: own it.

Recently, the always brilliant Jeremy Yoder put up a fantastic post with some unsolicited advice for getting through grad school. Then, he (on the advice of the ever-infallible Scicurious), decided to make a carnival of it: "Knowing What I Know Now".

November 15, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Tis the season of giving

Thank you to everyone who came out and donated for the annual Science Bloggers for Students Donors Choose drive - we raised $25,074 for student science programs across the country!

November 14, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Special Edition: Mysteries of the Mind