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Conference Haiku

Kate Cross uses haikus to distil the essence of a talk and then tweets them into the world for everyone to enjoy. We ask her about this creative form of science communication. Cultured Scene: The haikus are a creative way to express thoughts in a very short form. How did you come up with the […]

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UK Higher Education Strikes

Expecting a major cut to their pensions got thousands of UK university staff on the street. In February and March 2018, staff at 64 UK universities participated in strike action in protest against proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The strike was the longest-ever in UK higher education history, and an estimated 42,000 staff […]

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Barcodes for Birds

Cultured Scene spoke to Damien Farine about his recent paper on “An automated barcode tracking system for behavioural studies in birds”.  CS: In your paper, you describe a new method for tracking individual birds using barcodes on backpacks. Could you describe for our readers (in simple terms) how this works? DF: The system is based […]

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Pulling Strings and the State of Bumblebee Culture

Sylvain Alem and his colleagues trained bumblebees to manipulate a feeder by pulling small strings 1. Observer bees quickly picked up this behaviour and soon performed it themselves. Here, we talk about the “absurdity” of this observation and what it can tell us about cultural evolution. Cultured Scene: Lars Chittka, the senior author on your […]

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