Tagged: behaviour

Not just a pretty face: The facial ruff of barn owls and sound localisation - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Nov 19, 2009

Barn owls are the subject of many studies on auditory neuroscience because of their exquisite ability to localize sound. The auditory system is interesting from a neuronal computation point of view because the inner ear, where sounds are detected, relays no information to the brain as to the location of the sound source in space. [...] … Read More

Google, Waves and Fireflies - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Nov 06, 2009

I just learned through “The Complete Guide to GoogleWave” (HT @BoraZ) that Google Wave takes its name after the way that characters in the TV series Firefly/Serenity communicated with each other through ‘waves’. Which reminded me of the fireflies in Elkmont in the Smoky Mountains National Park. When I was a post-doc in the US, I [...] … Read More

How is human noise affecting the environment? - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 29, 2009

There is no question that human activities create noise pollution, and that we humans find some of these noises rather stressful: There is nothing like a quiet afternoon in Snell’s Beach being interrupted by the blazing noise of motor boats in the water. But how this noise affect other animals is the issue brought up [...] … Read More

Marsden 2009-III: Last but not least…. - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 20, 2009

These are the last three neuroscience projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society on their last round that I will talk about. For a full list of recipients you can visit their site. Maurice Curtis from the University of Auckland will examine the source of the stem cells that make up [...] … Read More

Marsden 2009-II: So much to learn from synapses - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 14, 2009

These are three more interesting neuroscience projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society on their last round. Johanna Montgomery from the University of Auckland will study what happens during development to determine what synaptic connections are maintained and which are eliminated After neurons are born in the embryo they need to make connections (synapses) [...] … Read More

Marsden 2009-I: An eye on the birds and the bees - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 08, 2009

The projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society are out, and there are many interesting neuroscience projects that were funded this year, which I will tell you about over the next few days. Here are the first three. Ben Thompson, from the University of Auckland will try to teach an old brain new [...] … Read More

On electric fish, molecules and behaviour - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 01, 2009

If you are an electric fish swimming through the murky waters of South America or Africa, vision will not be of much use to navigate. To circumvent this problem electric fish evolved an ‘electric’ sense which they use for navigation and communication. These fish produce electrical discharges through specialized cells in their electric organs. Because [...] … Read More