Beauty + Brains Puts Anoles in the Spotlight

Who could turn down a good looker with something upstairs, especially wearing a gorgeous shade of green? Not the Economist, which featured Leal and Powell’s study of anole cognition in this week’s edition (no, it’s not the article on the orgasmatron). See the article here.

In fact, anole-o-mania has caught on, with reports in print, online, and on radio and TV. Most recent is today’s piece in the Science Times.

According to the Life Science Log, this is among the most cited news reports in the last week. For a full list of media coverage–with more still on the way–check here.

Bonus points: who remembers the orgasmatron?

p.s. A video of the lizards problem-solving is now available on YouTube

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2 Responses to Beauty + Brains Puts Anoles in the Spotlight

  1. Wes Chun says:

    The ‘orgasmatron’, from Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’…

  2. Jonathan Losos says:

    Right you are, Wes. Wikipedia reports: “The orgasmatron is a fictional device in the fictional future society of 2173 in the Woody Allen movie Sleeper. It is a large cylinder big enough to contain one or two people. The orgasmatron was made by decorating an elevator in the home where the movie was filmed. Once entered, it contains some (otherwise undescribed) future technology that rapidly induces orgasms. This is required, as almost all people in the Sleeper universe are impotent or frigid, although males of Italian descent are considered the least impotent of all groups.” The article in the Economist, incidentally, is a review of Christopher Turner’s new book, “Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America.”

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