Category Archives: Science Caturday

Science Caturday: LOL Effect

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The area around Buffalo, NY was buried under an astonishing seven feet of snow this week, due to a phenomenon called “lake effect”, which is explained here. Meteorologists may find this fascinating, and kids may be happy to miss school, but at least one group of upstate New Yorkers is seriously disgruntled: the cats. Well, except for this guy. There’s always one.

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Science Caturday: I smell a whatchamacallit

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A team of scientists led by Jonas Olofsson published a study this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, describing research that identified two areas in the brain which link odor to language. Using fMRI and other techniques, researchers were able to map areas of the brain which provide the interface between olfactory and verbal cues. The team hopes to use the findings to advance research into dementia. We hope they go on to experiment on cats, whose superior sense of smell is, alas, joined to a somewhat weaker verbal ability, particularly with regard to the word “the”.

Science Caturday: Post-Halloween Edition

Sorry, lolfriends. Not much science this week – the kittehs were all busy with Halloween. Some really enjoy it:

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Some others, not so much:

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and some maybe found it a little scary.

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However they feel about Halloween, this one is over, and now all the cats can get back to doing what cats do best – NAPPING! SCIENCE!

 

Science Caturday: Partial Eclipse of the Cat

This week featured a partial eclipse of the sun, a rare celestial event.  Phil Plait, aka @BadAstronomer, has a gallery of great eclipse photos at Slate, but we took a more artistic approach and had a science kitteh reenact the dramatic moment.

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Science Caturday: LOLCatCare

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This week, tech giants Apple and Facebook announced that they would begin covering the cost of egg freezing for their employees, allowing female techies to put off childbearing until…some more convenient time, I guess. However, the fact remains that some employees will want to have kids, and Facebook’s new headquarters will provide daycare for dogs but not for children. Someone’s got to take care of the small humans! Luckily, I have devised an elegant solution that combines the best of the internet with real life: LOLCatCare™.

A crack team of cat nannies will care for the babies of Silicon Valley until they are old enough for preschool. Tasks such as feeding and changing babies, which are difficult for childcare workers without opposable thumbs, will be rendered unnecessary by training babies to eat and drink from bowls on the floor and use a litter box. Babies will gain key motor skills by chasing feathers and red dots. Blankets and boxes will be thoroughly investigated. Naptime, of course, will be led by top-level experts.

I see no way this plan can fail. You’re welcome, America. You’re welcome.