Blogs & Videos: The Brain Scoop

Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!

Why did King Tut have a flat head?

Artificial cranial deformation, or head binding, is a practice carried out by cultures all over the world, and throughout time. Dr. Robert Martin talked to us about how the tradition was implemented by figures of high status in Ancient Egypt. 
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Botflies, Chicago Parakeets, and the Smallest Collection | Ask Emily #13

Mmmmm. Botflies.  Got a question? Give us a call! +1 (315) 367-2667 - aka 315-Em-Scoop !!! For more science stories and updates, check out our new series, 'Natural News from The Field Museum'! We're alternating that show with Brain Scoop episodes to keep things EXCITING! More info and Links!  Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 1

Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2

In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system!  Papers/Articles: 1. Peregrine Promiscuity. 

“Sex in the City: Breeding behavior of urban peregrine falcons in the Midwestern US,“ Caballero et al. PLOS One (2016)

Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats

Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 1 We’re kicking off the first episode in our new news series, Natural News from The Field Museum! Stay tuned for the next installment in two weeks, and check out our behind-the-scenes tour of the set next week right here on The Brain Scoop. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------- Papers/Articles:  1. 'Dinosaur Discovery'

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

In 1898, two African lions began attacking and consuming railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya. First reports estimated that 135 people fell victim to these "man-eaters," but further research published in 2009 lessened that number to 35 individuals. Over the years, different theories as to what motivated these attacks have varied, and recently we got to talk with two experts who are working towards finding an answer. 

Campaigning for CHANGE! Don't be Shallow - Vote for Mallow

In our last video we got to see one of the rarest flowers in the world blooming in its habitat for the first time in over a decade. It's the Kankakee mallow (Iliamna remota), under threat of extirpation and completely unique to Illinois... and we want to make it the official state flower! Field outreach coordinator Robb Telfer kicked off the campaign and we're TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS. It's an election year, after all. 

This flower only grows in the wild on a single tiny island... in Illinois.

The Kankakee Mallow (Iliamna remota) is a special little flower. The only place in the world it's found in the wild is on a single small island in the middle of the Kankakee River in Illinois - but until last year, it hadn't been seen in over a decade, and was feared to be extinct. Thanks to volunteer efforts, we got to be some of the first to see it back in bloom!