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Thanks to our funders

ESLR is grateful to the following organisations for supporting our workshop: the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA), the Galton Institute, the Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences (IBANS), University of St Andrews, the Student Association, University of St Andrews, and finally the School of Biology, University […]

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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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Machine learning culture and the value of old souls

Technology evolves. While most periods of human (pre-)history were characterised by remarkable technological stasis, with both the Oldowan and Acheulian stone tool technologies spanning over a million years, recent decades have witnessed an explosion in technological innovations and ever-accelerating rates of techno-logical change. Science itself is both a driver and consequence of technology. Current innovations […]

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HELLO AGAIN!

If you want to track it you should put a barcode on it. Maybe it was this famous lyric that made behavioural researchers think about adding barcodes to animals they wanted to keep track of. In our interview, Damien Farine talks about how he and his colleagues came up with this idea and how the […]

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