There’s a duck with one broken wing and questionable allegiances in Dead Astronauts, so it’s a little disconcerting that the cover of The Restless Clock features the diagram of a duck with its own questionable behaviors.

It was a duck, and what the Duck did, though unremarkable in a duck, was so extraordinary in a machine that it immediately seized center stage. Like Reisel’s artificial man and certain other machines had been purported to do—but this time in live performance—the Duck shat. It did so, appropriately, in response to being presented with a meal. First it gobbled up and gulped down some bits of corn and grain; then it took a pregnant pause; and at last it relieved itself, through its tail end, of an authentic-looking burden.

‪After a terror of a nightmare I returned to sleep only briefly before waking at five to one cat spitting up because she again drank from dirty dishes in the sink, a stomach that kept me on the toilet for twenty minutes, and the other cat leaping over me in bed to attack a mystery something on the wall.‬ Today seems not too great so far.

Hannah Thomasy for Undark outlines the debate over changing the names of American bird species named, for example, for figures known for fighting for the Confederacy or massacring Native Americans.

McLaughlin and some other researchers suggest that birds shouldn’t be named after people at all. “The landscape of birding is changing,” says Ward. “Why not change these bird names as well? I say throw them all out the window and rename all the birds named after old dead White ornithologists.”

Instead, Ward points out that many birds are named after their behaviors, their preferred habitat, or physical features, and these characteristics could be used to rename birds like the longspur as well. “[McCown’s longspur] is common in the Great Plains, so we could call this bird the prairie longspur,” says Ward. “If you look at the bird, it also has a beautiful red-colored, chestnut-colored patch on its wings. Birders have so many different names for red. So, we could call this bird the rufous-winged longspur or the chestnut-winged longspur.”