Mooney Goes Wild Friday 15 February 2013

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Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.

On today's programme…

Nesting time for birds is fast approaching, a our experts are on hand to give you advice about putting up your bird boxes for the coming season.

We hear about the curious sea slug, who sheds and re-grows his penis each time he mates!

And, Katriona McFadden finds out what it sounds like to be inside a human mouth!

Meteors exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia

Meteors exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia

An 11-ton meteor blew up over Russia's Ural Mountains setting off blasts that injured nearly 1,000 people and shocked countless others

Do Unattractive Friends Make You Look Better?

Do Unattractive Friends Make You Look Better?

Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy,

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. And if you have a husband, a wife, a partner - any kind of "significant other" - we hope you had a great time together...!

But if you DIDN'T have a partner last night, and you were feeling a little left out ........ well, maybe you are going about the whole "mating game" in the wrong way!

If new research from Italy is to be believed, you might be better off being surrounded with uglier versions of yourself!. You know.... Just to make yourself look better looking to the OPPOSITE sex. After all, ugliness.... Beauty... These are all relative concepts.

So if you're a man, and you're single, and you want to do something about it...... go and befriend the least attractive members of your own sex!

Seemingly, this is a tried and trusted method used by a particular type of fish: the Guppy. And evidence of this behaviour was detected by The Sexual Selection Group from the Department of Biology at the University of Padova, in northern Italy.

The research was headed by Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy, and he joins the gang to discuss.

Sea Slug Whose Penis Drops Off After Sex

Bernard Picton, Curator of Marine Invertebrates, Dept of Zoology, National Museums, N.I. talks to Derek about the sea slug which discards its penis after sex and grows back a new one within 24 hours.

Bird Nesting Season Has Arrived

Bird Nesting Season Has Arrived

Terry Flanagan visits Declan Hamilton and Patrick Harte from the Irish Wheelchair Association to give them advice as to how and where to put next boxes.

Oscillator Exhibition at Trinity's Science Gallery

Oscillator Exhibition at Trinity's Science Gallery

The Science Gallery at Trinity College has done it again! Another great exhibition, open to everybody, bringing science to the public in a really interesting and accessible way.

At the moment, they are running an exhibition called OSCILLATOR. The term oscillator can be applied to anything that moves back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm. And the OSCILLATOR exhibition at science Gallery explores the movements, vibrations and cycles all around us, in everyday life.

The world’s most life-giving oscillator is the heart. And at the launch, Australian artists Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy, paid tribute to this wonderful organ. Part of their performance involved the reanimation of two freshly disembodied pig hearts!

Our reporter, Katrina McFadden, went along to the exhibition yesterday.

Exhibition opening hours: Tue-Fri 12-8pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm. Closed Mondays.The exhibition is on now, and runs until April 14, 2013.

Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.


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If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit


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