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Stories by Felicity Muth

Smart Birds Make the Worst Parents

Among mountain chickadees, at least, parents that contend with a harsher environment will be more likely to cause harm to their children than risk themselves.

December 4, 2015 — Felicity Muth

Robot Lizards Used to Address Evolutionary Questions

One of the reasons for the incredible breadth in the appearance of animals is to help individuals mate with the right species. This is one evolutionary process that causes differences between populations of animals and that can eventually lead to the formation of new species.

October 16, 2015 — Felicity Muth

Invasive Fish Used to Feed Homeless (and Bears)

I recently read a remarkable story of research done by people right at my home university at the University of Nevada, Reno. Thirty minutes from where we live is Lake Tahoe, which is a large lake which is half in Nevada, half in California.

September 1, 2015 — Felicity Muth

Why Are Black Widow Males So Destructive?

We often hear about animals where the males mate with multiple females. However, many animals have the opposite system, where a single female courts and mates many males.

August 23, 2015 — Felicity Muth

When Do Scorpions Spray Their Enemies?

Some animals defend themselves by spraying liquid at potential threats. Perhaps the most well-known example of this is the skunk, whose spray contains chemicals that smell awful to the animals it's defending itself from.

May 4, 2015 — Felicity Muth

A Meeting of Art and Science

Art and science are usually held up as two opposing disciplines. However, arguably very similar abilities are needed to be an artist and a scientist: an ability to observe the world in detail, to perhaps notice things that other people don't, to creatively come up with ideas and to draw novel connections.

May 3, 2015 — Felicity Muth