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Stories by Felicity Muth

Why are these mice shaking their booties?

Why are these mice shaking their booties?

Pacifica Sommers is a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Here she tells us about this unusual mouse behaviour she witnessed when doing research.

November 15, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Lizard Females That Look Like Males Are Less Attractive (to Male Lizards)

Lizard Females That Look Like Males Are Less Attractive (to Male Lizards)

In many species, male and females look different to each other. In these ‘sexually dimorphic’ species, males tend to be more ornamented. ‘Ornaments’ are basically anything that’s just for decoration with no other function, the classic example being the peacock’s tail.

November 13, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Top 10 Horror Movies Featuring Animals (and Behaviour)

Top 10 Horror Movies Featuring Animals (and Behaviour)

One of my guilty pleasures is sci-fi movies featuring animal behaviour, especially when it’s done terribly. For something different from my usual articles, I decided that for Hallowe’en I’d highlight my top ten favourite good-bad movies that feature animal behaviour as a main theme (even if not intended that way).

November 1, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Wrens so happy that they duet, but how do they do it?

Wrens so happy that they duet, but how do they do it?

One of my favourite animals that I only discovered existed recently has to be the happy wren. Not only is it happy (just look at this photo), but it also duets with its partner in such a synchronised way that they are often mistaken for a single bird.

October 29, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Research? You must be joking!

Research? You must be joking!

Kate Cross is a researcher at the University of St Andrews and performs stand-up comedy for the Bright Club. Here she explains why scientists shouldn’t be scared to stand up and tell a few jokes   What’s this all about then?

October 22, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Lost ants backtrack their steps

Think about where you’ve been today, and how you found your way there. As humans, we use different navigational techniques at different times.

October 21, 2013 — Felicity Muth
How Do Ants Coordinate Moving Huge Objects?

How Do Ants Coordinate Moving Huge Objects?

As a child I used to spend hours watching groups of ants move large objects together and wonder how they managed to coordinate themselves. If I had to move some furniture with some friends, I’m sure we’d be talking the whole time about which way we were going and how fast, but as far as [...]

September 18, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Any Black Bear Experts Out There?

Any Black Bear Experts Out There?

I recently took a trip to Yellowstone national park, which, as expected, was an amazing place. The geysers and hot water pools were beautiful; walking around there you felt like you were on another planet.

September 18, 2013 — Felicity Muth
September 15th: A great day out at Arizona insect festival

September 15th: A great day out at Arizona insect festival

I used to have a summer job in Edinburgh’s Butterfly and Insect World. One of the things I would see time and time again would be parents coming in who had already decided that they ‘didn’t like bugs’, and who would influence their children likewise.

September 4, 2013 — Felicity Muth
More than honey – a review

More than honey – a review

Last night I went to see the documentary ‘More than honey’, directed and produced by the Swiss film-maker Markus Imhoof. As I work with bees (bumblebees) and have already read a bit about colony collapse disorder and honeybee farming I wasn’t expecting too much from the film: an education on all the crops bees are [...]

September 1, 2013 — Felicity Muth
Crickets dance differently with an audience

Crickets dance differently with an audience

Humans love their victory displays. You only have to watch a game of football (or soccer to US-readers) to see some victory displays of the most ridiculous kind.

August 26, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine