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.
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.