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High-Flying Frog Was Not The First Amphibian To Reach For Outer Space

High-Flying Frog Was Not The First Amphibian To Reach For Outer Space

The internet loves animals, and loves animals in surprising places even more. So when a photo emerged showing a frog flying alongside NASA’s Minotaur V rocket as it lifted off from it’s launchpad in Virginia earlier this month carrying the LADEE spacecraft towards the moon it was an immediate hit...

September 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

I’m not sure why lions are called “king of the jungle,” when they live on the savannah. Still, this male lion, photographed in September of 2012 at the San Francisco Zoo does look quite kingly...

September 15, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Even Lions Like To Cuddle

Even Lions Like To Cuddle

Lion snuggles look adorable, but they betray evidence of the often violent life that lions lead. Cuddling may help to reinforce friendships that become necessary to protect a lion's territory from intruders...

September 10, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Colorful Mandrill

Photoblogging: Colorful Mandrill

The mandrill has one of my favorite binominal classifications: Mandrillus sphinx. The species was once a member of the genus Papio, home to the baboons.

September 8, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Dinosaurs and LA Freeways

Photoblogging: Dinosaurs and LA Freeways

I snapped this photo last week while visiting the Getty Museum. It shows the 405 freeway snaking northbound through the Sepulveda pass in West Los Angeles.

September 1, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Perfectly Framed Wallaby

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The changing colors and textures of its enclosure at the San Diego Zoo provided the perfect framing for this yellow-footed rock wallaby. Photo taken in July 2013.

August 25, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: More Koalas!

Photoblogging: More Koalas!

Check out the claws on this male (I think?) koala as he rests in the shade during the afternoon heat at the San Diego Zoo’s “Koalafornia” exhibit.

August 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Snoozing Koala

Photoblogging: Snoozing Koala

A female (I think?) koala sleeps during the afternoon heat at the San Diego Zoo’s fantastic new “Koalafornia” exhibit. Photo taken in July 2013.

August 11, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Depth Perception Didn't Evolve for Watching The Avengers in 3D

Our ability to perceive all three dimensions, due in part to having two eyes on the front of our heads with overlapping visual fields, allows us to enjoy 3D summer blockbusters, but may have originally evolved for a simpler purpose: avoiding falling to our deaths.If you're going to be able to effectively navigate the world, one thing that seems almost indispensable is the ability to perceive depth...

August 5, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

George Alexander Louis: What’s In A Name?

My latest at The Guardian is on the psychology of first name choices – a timely topic, as the royal family has just announced the name of the latest heir to the throne: George Alexander Louis...

July 24, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

George Alexander Louis: What's In A Name?

My latest at The Guardian is on the psychology of first name choices - a timely topic, as the royal family has just announced the name of the latest heir to the throne: George Alexander Louis...

July 24, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Photoblogging: Crested Coua

Last week I wrote about how the solitary, nocturnal Sahamalaza sportive lemur eavesdrops on the alarm calls of several species that occupy the same forests, including the crested coua, in order to avoid predation...

July 21, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World