Here’s the Friday Post #32 for May 8 2009.
Sunday, May 3rd marked the birthday of an American original: musician, songwriter and dancer James Brown (1933-2006).
WoW… that man could dance. Here is the proof:
Snowball is a sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita eleonora) who lives in Indiana with his bird rescuer Irena Schulz. The bird’s unique dancing and bopping-ability was featured on the ScienceNews blog (April 30 2009) which is where I first heard about him. A quick search on PubMed turned up the research report written by scientists Aniruddh Patel, John Iversen, Micah Bregman and Irena Schulz entitled “Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal” which published last week in the journal Current Biology 19 (May 14 2009).
Embedded in the article is a video of Snowball dancing to three segments of music with varying beats per minute (BPM): 106, 125 and 130 BPM, which you can watch at this link (media player popup).
YouTube.com offers two somewhat less officially scientific videos of Snowball grooving, the first to the music of Queen. Notice that he has to stop in the middle of the song and rest up a bit. But he really is sort of a cheerful Bird-Athlete, don’t you think?
See another video of Snowball dancing to the Backstreet Boys here
Finally, anyone who reads this blog knows that I love cephalopods. Do cephalopods dance? Dunno, but here’s a video of one clever Octopus filmed as she’s trying to get at a tasty treat which her human left for her in a sealed jar:
And that’s the Friday Post for May 8 2009! Have a great weekend, folks.