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Mena Davidson

Mena Davidson

Mena is a PhD candidate, behavioral ecologist, and aspiring science writer. They currently study social behavior and animal adaptation to environmental change. You can find out more about Mena and their work on twitter at @mena_davidson, or on their website at menadavidson.wordpress.com.

Protestors demonstrate during a rally against the transgender bathroom rights repeal at Thomas Paine Plaza February 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Transgender Legal Battles: A Timeline

New laws regarding transgender youth are based on the assumption that the gender binary is natural.
Essential Quality #14, ridden by Luis Saez, heads to the first turn during the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 01, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Betting on the Longshot

Researchers consistently observe that longshot horses are overvalued by bettors at the racetrack. Why are they willing to risk it all?
"Freya" correctly detects a sample of malaria from a row of sample pots at the "Medical Detection Dogs" charity headquarters on March 27, 2020 in Milton Keynes, England.

Why Aren’t There More Dogs at the Doctor’s Office?

Dogs can use their superb sense of smell to identify disease in human patients. What’s keeping them from using this ability in the healthcare industry?
Polar bear and cubs

Are Polar Bears Altruistic or Just Bad At Math?

Polar bear mothers are known to adopt and raise cubs from non-related litters. Why do they make a multi-year commitment to do it?
Robot Holding a Pizza

Can a Robot Become a Pizza Chef?

Tracking the accomplishments of RoDyMan in a valiant attempt to make a pizza.