Category Archives: Mammals

Review: “Wild Ones” shows a new side of our shrinking world

I’ll miss the sharks. I’ll miss the sea turtles and the manatees. These are the species that have my heart—and that’s not fair. In his 2013 book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking … Continue reading

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Why did pregnant women need rabbits?

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Here’s a confession: I’ve never used a typewriter. I’ve also never dialed on a rotary phone or played a eight-track tape. I was a deprived child of the 1990s. One technology I don’t have a hipster-like nostalgia … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill’s platypus obsession

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Who knew that sex between two platypi could mean hope for the British Empire? In 1943, as bombs fell on London and German submarines lurked in the Atlantic, Churchill sent the Australian prime minister an odd request: … Continue reading

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The story of a worm

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Here’s how I know I’m weird: my ears perk up when I hear the word “nematode.” See, I worked in a nematology lab for most of college, and my time with this group of roundworms has left … Continue reading

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No time for love…

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt To quote nearly every tv sitcom cynic in nearly every Valentine’s Day episode: “What’s sooooo special about one day in February?! Ugh!” And while that sitcom character goes on to learn the value of love, I’m going … Continue reading

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Hey is for horses!

So I’m traveling for work this week. I don’t have time for a proper post, but I do have a photo to share. Today I was on a tour of the Tennessee Equine Center and look what I found: An … Continue reading

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The science and magic of hybrid animals

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Let’s start with the basics: sperm and egg. When an animal sperm cell meets an egg cell, it has to pass a test. The proteins on the surface of the sperm cell must bind with proteins on … Continue reading

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