Toad in the Hole

July 02, 2005

Friday Scientists-Have-All-the-Fun Blogging

Or: Fluorescent Bluebird Droppings

Nature published a Science study in which some lucky academics sprayed wax-myrtle bushes and their berries with a compound that produced fluorescent shit from the bluebirds that ate the berries. The other good news is that the study indicates that "wildlife corridors" between patches of forest actually work for the wildlife and their vegetable prey.

Take-away quote:
"We had to spray tens of thousands of fruits, and look at tens of thousands of poops."

Posted at July 2, 2005 03:36 AM


I look at thousands of poops a day... but not, you know, on purpose. :)

Posted by: Rurality at July 2, 2005 02:11 PM

Yabbut do they glow in the dark??
/lightbulb/ I bet there's something you can feed chickens that would make their eggs glow in the dark. Wow! Um, something flourescent bound up with calcium? What a fun item those would be!

Posted by: Ron at July 3, 2005 05:16 PM

I would probably be arrested for chicken-torture!

Unless you think lightning bugs would work... ;)

Posted by: Rurality at July 3, 2005 05:36 PM