Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Crow Paradox

Congratulations to Garrett for the 500th posting to the CCSBio blog. Sadly there is no prize. (no, not even a 'no-prize').

I'm now set up for the rest of the quarter (or what remains) because your presentations have reminded me of a number of items.

Thanks again for presenting. I thought everybody did a great job and almost all of you kept to time well. Sorry for being so strict on time, it would have been great to follow each person with a few questions or discussion, but you have to be tough when you are trying to fit in a lot of presentations.

Inspired by Whitney's talk about facial recognition I thought some of you might enjoy this little NPR animation. I don't think I can embed it but if you click the image it will take you to the NPR page with the video. Yes, that is Dick Cheney.

Here's a surprise: Wild crows can recognize individual people. They can pick a person out of a crowd, follow them, and remember them — apparently for years. But people — even people who love crows — usually can't tell them apart.

Can YOU recognize different crows?

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