At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor).
What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Jan 18, 2008 -
Massive, gorgeous book of illustrated biological species and specimens, possibly Victorian-era, found at Z Gallerie a year or so ago -- help! [more inside]
posted by changeling
on Jan 16, 2008 -
I'd like to learn about SVM, HMM and wavelet algorithms in their usage in bioinformatics. I have a somewhat rudimentary understanding of the underlying mathematics from Wikipedia and a couple other sources, but I find that a concrete demonstration of their application fleshes it out.
Are there texts, software packages (preferably free) or papers you'd recommend that: 1) includes good starter problem sets, or; 2) demonstrates how these techniques are used in research applications (beyond "we used xyz
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Nov 24, 2007 -
I have been given the task of designing questions for the biology portion of an 8th grade science competition. Unfortunately I don't know what today's 8th graders are learning in biology, and the people running the competition aren't being much help. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC
on Nov 14, 2007 -
I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man
in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Nov 5, 2007 -
What are some good free online study guides/helps for Chemistry and Biology?
posted by macsigler
on Nov 3, 2007 -
Is there scientific evidence that animals have an innate/instinctual urge to reproduce? Is there scientific evidence that it is the same in humans?
posted by defenestration
on Jul 11, 2007 -
Would vacuum damage a corpse? This is actually a scientific research question (at the end of the explanations). [more inside]
posted by eebs
on May 6, 2007 -
I'm interested in cells. As many different types as can be identified, and the more specific the better. Preferably mammalian, certainly vertebrate (otherwise the the list would be too big!). [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch
on Mar 8, 2007 -
First off, please excuse me for being a Biology ignorant.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that men are so intelligent today because of they high protein consumption, in form of meat, which caused the brain to grow during evolution, making our species more intelligent than the others.
If this is true, why don't we have superintelligent lions and other carnivore animals walking on twos and building cities and electing the mayor in Lionland, PA? They eat way more meat than we do.
posted by dcrocha
on Feb 23, 2007 -
"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 18, 2007 -
Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess
on Feb 11, 2007 -
SpoiledFruitFilter: If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9
on Jan 24, 2007 -
TissueCultureFilter: Does anyone know the etymology behind calling cell scrapers 'policemen'? [more inside]
posted by porpoise
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Does anyone have advice for a thirty-something with an art history degree who wants to go back to school for a B.S. in biology? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna
on Oct 5, 2006 -
How often is a human body completely "new"? Or: No cell composing my body existed a month, a year, [the time I'm looking for] ago. [more inside]
posted by Korou
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Why can your heart carry on beating when you've stopped breathing but not the other way round?
posted by denishowe
on Sep 7, 2006 -
Why do humans and animals(?) urinate from their sex organs? Are these two bodily functions in some way related?
Are their examples of animals that pee & have sex with parts of their bodies that are spaced far apart?
posted by selton
on Jul 22, 2006 -
I've got a probably horribly complicated question about death. How long after the brain stops braining does the body actually die? [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Jul 7, 2006 -
Biology Research Filter: How do you make your own TMB substrate solution for use with an ELISA kit? [more inside]
posted by sicem07
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Why don't Bay Area mosquitos bite me? Last year, in Desolation Wilderness (CA), the air was thick with mosquitos, and I was bitten liberally and painfully. This year, in my apartment in the Bay Area, the air is again thick with mosquitos and I am without noticeable bites. Why? [more inside]
posted by beniamino
on Jun 25, 2006 -
What are great summertime biology-themed date/experience/outings based from the Chicagoland area? (Drivable okay)
posted by onalark
on Jun 17, 2006 -
What experiments have been carried out where animals perform better
than us at particular cognitive tasks? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 9, 2006 -
What is the cause of curly hair, and further, why does the curliness of hair differ? Proteins? If so, is it genetic? How do "hair-straightening" products work? [more inside]
posted by Frankieist
on Apr 24, 2006 -
SPSS is fine but produces offensively ugly figures. R has nice, clean output but is otherwise inscrutable. Statistica is, alas, Windows-only. Mathematica isn't really it, either. What statistics package should I use for OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo
on Mar 17, 2006 -
EndOfTheWorldFilter: Biologists in the house? What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear? [more inside]
posted by frogan
on Feb 21, 2006 -
I want to know more about the history of Russian biology--especially in the period from Darwin to Lysenko (roughly 75 years). I don't know any Russian, so the source has to be in English. Anyone know anything that would fit this description?
posted by onetreehill
on Feb 20, 2006 -
BioChemistryFilter: How do I read the vMax and Km off of a Lineweaver-burk plot? [more inside]
posted by tnai
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Assume you had a list of different animal species, and you wanted to order it from most intelligent species to least. (1) What measure of intelligence would you use to compare different species--average number of neurons, for example, or ability to solve certain kinds of tests? Or something else entirely? (2) Can you give some examples of how some common farm, food, or pet animals might rank on the list? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jan 25, 2006 -