From the inbox: Eurytemora conference 2019

Dear colleaguesWe are going to organize a conference on Eurytemora in Saint Petersburg.  We are planning to meet in spring (May 2019). It is the nicest season to visit SPb: good weather and not too much tourists. The conference will be held in the building of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences situated in the very heart of SPb just opposite of the famous Hermitage museum.Preliminary topic of our conference is: Use…

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained” Personality

In an earlier post in this blog, I addressed the widespread but mistaken idea that some people are more “left-brained” while others are more “right-brained”, and that the former are more rational while the latter are more creative. No evidence for this idea was found in a study on brain connectivity in over 1000 individuals, reported in the article “An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging”,…

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Un mécanisme de communication chez les plantes qui s’apparente au système nerveux

Un article au titre un peu intriguant a été publié la semaine dernière dans la revue Science : Nervous system-like signaling in plant defense. On y décrit la découverte d’un système de signalisation chez certaines plantes utilisant le glutamate lorsqu’elles sont attaquées par des herbivores. Le glutamate, un neurotransmetteur excitateur bien connu du cerveau des mammifères, se fixe alors sur un récepteur similaire à celui que l’on retrouve dans le système nerveux. Cela a pour…

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I got nominated for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog! (So, please vote for me).

I got nominated! This is pretty amazing!For starters, I don't blog that often, I don't have thousands of followers on Twitter and I am not a long-established prof with a legacy of high-impact papers that people 'should' listen to. Relatively speaking, I'm just a regular ECR (early career researcher) trying to do some cool stuff, keep my head above water and throw a life-ring to others along the way. I have no idea who nominated…

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Vote in the 2018 People’s Choice Awards: Canada’s Favourite Science Online!

Hello Dear Readers! Science Borealis and their co-sponsor, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) are excited to present the nominees for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards: Canada’s Favourite Science Online…AND BIRDS IN MUD WAS NOMINATED! THANK YOU! Seriously, thank you! I am honored that people think that what I have to say on studying fossil footprints (a.k.a. ichnology), and life in museums and as a palaeontologist matters. Studying fossils is really all about sharing…

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