INTELLIGENT BIRDS: WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THE EVIDENCE THAT THEY CAN ‘READ’ MINDS, AND ARE WE JUST ANTHROPOMORPHISING?

In the word birdbrained we describe something (or someone) foolish and short-sighted. This approach makes us value birds as primitive beings whose brains and the thoughts they generate are so elementary and superficial that they cannot compete with human beings. This is a well-established position, based on fundamental differences in the brain structure of mammals […]

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CAPTURING A BEAUTIFUL NEURON

Now presenting for you a beautiful three-dimensional model of two mouse brain neurons, created by labmate Julian Bartram. For those who are interested in this sphere, available explanations of the benefits of such reconstructions (other than that they are beautiful) and how to get such images in the lab. Researchers often photograph neural membranes to […]

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THE MYSTERY OF TETRACHROMACY: IF 12% OF WOMEN HAVE FOUR CONE TYPES IN THEIR EYES, WHY DO SO FEW OF THEM ACTUALLY SEE MORE COLOURS?

Australian artist Concetta Antico describes her extraordinary visual experience as a mosaic of vibrant colors. “The little stones jump out at me with oranges, yellows, greens, blues and pinks (1) – this is how Concetta reflected on the kind of pebble path that most people perceive as gray in an interview with the BBC. Concetta’s […]

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