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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted September 25, 2009 19:37      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I wonder if their antennae swing back and forth like pendulums?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8273069.stm

As smart as we humans think we are, "simpler" creatures often have some remarkable biological tech in place.

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Icon 1 posted September 29, 2009 09:47      Profile for Mr. Geek 2U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mr. Ugh!

I saw that article and I admit it really fascinated me.

No offence, but one part of the research really bothered me. Cutting off the antennae. Yikes!

All I could think of is those butterflies screaming, I'm blind! I'm blind!

That part was kinda icky.

What do you think?

Mr. Geek 2U!

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Icon 1 posted September 29, 2009 13:33      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The researchers must be french, they have a tradition of cutting bits off monarchs.

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Icon 1 posted September 29, 2009 16:40      Profile for SpazGirl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TFD, I have to admit that comment made me roll my eyes just a bit.

Mr. Geek, unfortunately invertebrates don't really get the same respect other research specimens do. With mice and larger vertebrates there are stringent guidelines that have to be followed. Honestly, even fish aren't really covered by many guidelines. From personal experience, no one comes in to look at our lab and make sure that our tarantulas are taken care of, are in good condition, and in proper containers. The bat lab, however, has inspections several times a year to make sure that lab specimens are happy and healthy and being are kept to the specifications of the guidelines.

Interesting lab fact, here in the states a fertilized fowl egg is not considered a living lab specimen until the chick is viable. So you can pretty much do whatever you want to it before the chick hatches. It's disturbing really. (one of my professors does research on embryonic chickens)

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted September 30, 2009 12:29      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Now that I think about it, this removal of the antennae thing reminds me of an old joke about a scientist studying frogs. He was trying to determine how a frog's legs were related to its ability to jump.

So the scientist placed the frog on his lab bench and shouted, "Jump!". The frog complied with a leap of five feet.

Next the scientist cut off one of the frog's front legs. (See what I mean?) "Jump!" he commanded. The frog leapt four feet.

Then the scientist cut off the other front leg, and bade the frog to jump. This time the frog managed to jump three feet.

Now the scientist cut off one of the back legs. The frog managed to go forward about a foot.

Finally, the scientist cut off the last leg. "Jump!" he said. The frog didn't move. "Jump, I said!" repeated the scientist. Still the frog didn't move. The scientist leaned right down to the frog and shouted, "Jump, frog!" But the frog just sat there.

The scientist pulled out his pad and noted "after cutting off the fourth leg, the frog becomes deaf."

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