Sunday, March 19, 2017

More on the sex-manipulating ferns // Adorably ugly animal distractions

"Precocious dames and nearby laggards split the job of making a hormone"

If you wanted to know more about the very sneaky sex changing female Japanese climbing ferns, this is a simple and short article about the original paper. 

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-female-ferns-make-younger-neighbors-male

However, if you're stressed right now and want to look at animals that are so ugly they're cute (and find out why our brains work like this), below is a fun NatGeo article on that.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/animals-ugly-cute-psychology/

The basic idea is that they have big eyes, big heads, and soft bodies, which make us think of babies, and triggers our desire to protect them. Regardless, they're fun to look at.

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