Profile: Tara Garnett

Tara graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Integrative Biology and French. Before starting at PLOS, she worked as a research assistant for Abbott Molecular Diagnostics, and also as the research assistant for a local doctor working on her second book about relations between farming, food and health. Though Tara grew up in the Bay Area, she still spends a lot of time exploring locally.

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What's in a Look? Eye Contact in Wolves

It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. They allow us to communicate feelings across a room, direct the attention of others, and express emotion better than words ever could. The importance of eye contact in non-human species is well known but we don’t know a whole lot about how gaze is used between individuals of the same species. Japanese researchers took on this topic focusing specifically on how eye contact and communication is affected by eye visibility and facial patterning around the eyes of canids.

Category: Nature

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Squirrels: Nut Sleuths? Or Just Nuts?

Crazed squirrels: we’ve all seen them. However, according to a recently published article from UC Berkeley, these squirrels’ seemingly odd behavior may actually have a purpose. Turns out these squirrels might actually have a refined evaluation method based on economic variables like food availability and season. To eat now, or cache for later?
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Category: Nature

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Yeast and Cultural Diversity

Yeast—including more than 1500 species that make up 1% of all known fungi—plays an important role in the existence of many of our favorite foods. With a job in everything from cheese making to alcohol production to cocoa preparation, humans could not produce such diverse food products without this microscopic, unicellular sous-chef.

Category: Science

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