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Why the 'alpha male' stereotype is wrong

The cultural notion of an alpha male as a strong, mean aggressor is rampant but wrong. The reality is more complex.Frans de Waal notes two types of alpha males: Bullies and leaders. In chimpanzee society, the former terrorizes the group while the latter mediates conflict.The reign of alpha male bullies usually ends poorly in the wild. Chimpanzee bullies get expelled or even killed by their group, while leader alphas are somewhat democratically kept in power, sometimes for as long as 12 years. ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Leadership, Bullying, Animals, Monkeys, Innovation, Men, Primates, Apes, Emotion, Frans de Waal


Why do people prefer dogs over cats? They're more controllable, study finds.

Prior research and statistical evidence suggests that dogs are more popular than cats as pets. Why?Research from the New York Institute of Technology says that it has to do with a concept called psychological ownership.Psychological ownership has several sources, but the study found that people felt more psychological ownership over dogs than cats due to a sense that dogs are more controllable. None There's no way to say this without making some people upset: When looking for a four-legged compa...
Tags: Psychology, Animals, Innovation, Kirk, New York Institute of Technology, Journal of Business Research, Colleen Kirk, Mary Bly


Why people (and chimps) throw temper tantrums

Humans throw temper tantrums when they feel frustrated, lose power, or sense a threat to their status or security.Chimpanzees exhibit the same behavior; alpha male chimps who lose their status throw tantrums to elicit sympathy from their group, hoping to have their power restored.But that tactic almost never works, notes primatologist Frans de Waal. An important lesson for humans from chimps. Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ours...
Tags: Psychology, Animals, Monkeys, Nature, Innovation, Anger, Primates, Apes, Emotion, Frans de Waal


Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change

Study finds that places where people have never had the diseases could see bad outbreaks if they aren’t preparedHalf a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study.Canada and parts of northern Europe could be newly exposed to the threat. People there could come into contact with yellow fever, Zika, dengue and chikungunya, as well as other emerging diseases. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, US news, Canada, Insects, Zika


Dogs can smell when seizures are about to begin, scientists find

Scent linked to epileptic seizures could mean dogs can be trained to warn ownersDogs can detect a telltale scent linked to epileptic seizures, scientists have discovered, raising the possibility that they could be trained to reliably warn owners when a seizure is imminent.The findings may also help explain anecdotal reports that dogs are able to sense when their owner is about to have a seizure. Knowing when a seizure is going to occur could allow people with epilepsy to have greater control and...
Tags: Health, Science, Dogs, Animals, Society, UK News, World news, Epilepsy


Lack of basic research hiding behind 'clean meat' hype

Tens of millions of dollars are funding projects to create a consumer-ready lab-grown burger. Despite the hype, experts warn that a lot more research needs to be conducted. Mainstream adoption of plant-based foods, however, is making lab-grown meat a welcome possibility. None Few people disagree that a better solution to factory farming needs to be implemented. Yet since the stark realities of living conditions on such farms are hidden, most people go about their lives without thinking too much...
Tags: Health, Kentucky, Animals, Environment, Conservation, Innovation, Agriculture, Anthropocene, Derek, Ryan Quarles, Paul Shapiro, Mosa Meat, Good Food Institute, Ido Savir


Quit kissing adorable hedgehogs, says the CDC

The CDC has identified an outbreak of salmonella caused by contact with hedgehogs. A hedgehog can appear healthy and still carry salmonella. Conscientious hygiene is required for anyone living with a hedgie. None If you live in New York City, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, or Washington, D.C., we know you don't own a hedgehog — they're illegal in those places. However, if you live anywhere else…As a society, we've been developing a massive crush on these impossibly cute creatures: 2,752,58...
Tags: Health, Biology, Cdc, Washington, Animals, Public Health, Nature, Innovation, Disease, Illness, Hedgehogs, New York City Pennsylvania California Hawaii


Man has alligator as emotional support animal

Joei Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania has an alligator as his registered emotional support animal. According to Henney, the 5-foot alligator, named Wally, helps Henney manage his depression. Apparently, the reptile is very generous with his hugs. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A man who answered an e-mail from a reporter about Wally from the web site Service Dog Registration of America said, "Our therapist would never approve a client to have an alligator as an emotional support a...
Tags: Psychology, Post, News, Animals, America, Reptiles, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wally, Henney, Emotional Support Animals, Joei Henney, Strinestown Pennsylvania, Wally Henney


Are cats jerks? Or are YOU the jerk?

Researchers discovered that the more attention you give a cat, the more likely they are to return it. Cats are territorial; being in their home environment greatly affects their attitude. The common wisdom that cats are aloof is provably false. None This weekend, my wife and I visited the San Diego Zoo. Having grown up nearby, she visited often as a child, though it was my first time. While I generally avoid zoos, this particular one is a leading conservation institute. While a sense of overbea...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Science, Learning, Animals, Intelligence, Sociology, Innovation, Davis, Derek, Lower East Side, Oregon State University, Buster, Jackson Galaxy, Mike Delgado, Baltasar


Researchers have identified an area of the dog brain dedicated to processing human faces

If you want to know about the special relationship between human and canine you need only watch a dog owner slavishly feed, cuddle and clean up after her furry companion, day after day after day. But is this unique cross-species relationship also reflected at a deeper level, in the workings of the canine brain? A recent study in Learning and Behavior suggests so, finding that highly trained dogs have a dedicated neural area for processing human faces, separate from the area involved in processin...
Tags: Psychology, Dogs, Animals, Intelligence, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Emotions, BPS Research Digest, Auburn University, Andie Thompkins


The very best of 2018! 10 videos to get smarter, faster

365 days, 365 videos — it's been another huge year for big ideas.We've tallied up the 10 most popular, as chosen by you, plus the most controversial and most talked about videos of 2018. Enjoy! Jordan Peterson: The fatal flaw in leftist American politics Superhumans: The remarkable brain waves of high-level meditators Why Michio Kaku wants to avoid alien contact at all costs Bored out of your mind at work? Your brain is trying to tell you something. ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Parenting, Navy, Animals, Race, Mindfulness, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Mind, Humanity, Trump, Pablo Escobar, Michio Kaku, Jordan Peterson


Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say

A report from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, found that organic food production leads to higher carbon emissions. This includes livestock as well as vegetables, as organic farming requires no fertilizer usage. Certain types of organic foods are less impactful than others, the researchers note. None History has not been kind to Earl Butz. From 1971–76, the Indiana native served as secretary of agriculture, reengineering several New Deal-era farm programs. One of his most famous state...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Climate Change, Animals, Sustainability, Indiana, Fish, Conservation, Innovation, Derek, Michael Pollan, Butz, Chalmers University of Technology, Joel Salatin, Earl Butz, Biosphere


Is wasp venom the next healthcare revolution?

Researchers are looking at the venom of wasps, bees, and arachnids to develop life-saving medical therapies.Researchers at MIT created synthetic variants of a peptide found in wasp venom that proved an effective antibiotic.With the "post-antibiotic era" looming, synthetic peptides could provide a way to maintain global health initiatives.Two of the most common phobias are the fear of insects and fear of needles, so it's little wonder that people with apiphobia and spheksophobia aren't keen for ...
Tags: Health, Animals, Mit, Bacteria, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, World Health Organization, Illness, Insects, AMP, AMR, Molecular Biology, Pseudomonas, Timothy Lu


The scientific reason you want to squeeze cute things

Researchers appear to have found a neural basis for "cute aggression."Cute aggression is what happens when you say something like, 'It's so cute I want to crush it!'But it's also a complex response that likely serves to regulate strong emotions and allow caretaking of the young to occur. None If you've ever seen someone approach a puppy or small child, lean in and say, "Oh, I just want to squeeze that" while using a tone that suggests that said 'squeeze' might not be as harmless an action as it...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Animals, Neuroscience, Compassion, Yale, Innovation, Ecology, UC Riverside, Katherine Stavropoulos, Stavropoulous


Why does turkey make you sleepy?

Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.The turkey is one of the closest living relatives to avian dinosaurs, but recent evolutionary tur...
Tags: Health, Food, Thanksgiving, Sleep, Animals, Usda, Turkey, Innovation, Fox News, Meme, Physiology, National Sleep Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Steward, Tanya Zuckerbrot, Human body


Why eating turkey really makes you sleepy

Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.The turkey is one of the closest living relatives to avian dinosaurs, but recent evolutionary tur...
Tags: Health, Food, Thanksgiving, Sleep, Animals, Usda, Turkey, Innovation, Fox News, Meme, Physiology, National Sleep Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Steward, Tanya Zuckerbrot, Human body


Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Amazon, Gadgets, Comics, Florida, TV, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Net Neutrality, Biology, California, Horror, Animals


Do Dogs Forget Their People?

Let’s say your long-term relationship totally implodes. Browsing for a new apartment, or a therapist that takes your insurance, you hear your dog bark in the other room—and realize, with a start, that it’s not actually your dog. Once you’re all moved out, the dog will be out of your life, too. Stewing in self-pity you…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Animals, Memory


Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?

Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats—or at least some cats, some of the time—can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Cats, Animals, Pets, Giz Asks


Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Here at Gizmodo, we’ve just wrapped up Feud Week: A series on personality and business clashes in the tech world, scientific disputes, and whether or not to shoot Bigfoot. (I say let the big guy do his thing, unless it turns out it’s kidnapping people with mind-waves to make more Bigfoots.) Some have said that a Nice…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, TV, Science, Technology, Movies, Animals, Race, Social Media, Smartphones, Headphones


Bristly Lets Dogs Brush Their Own Teeth: This toy entertains your pooch while also improving their oral hygiene

Pinning your dog down to brush his or her teeth isn't fun for anybody—between their painstaking reluctancy and your own guilt—but ignoring their oral health isn't possible. Dental bones and other chews can help, but they don't often get into those...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Toys, Design, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Kickstarter, Petaccessories, Pethealth


Are Plants Conscious?

Animal rights activists have done stellar work in foregrounding the question of creature-consciousness: no meat-eater is now ignorant of the fact that their food once lived, breathed, maybe nuzzled its kin in a blood-soaked slaughterhouse. Environmentalists have a harder go of it. Fracking footage will always be less…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Biology, Animals, Plants, Giz Asks, Neurobiology


Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Cats are enigmatic little creatures. It’s hard to get a read on them. Does your cat love you, or would it gladly stab you in your sleep, if only it had thumbs and a slightly larger brain? The cat never tells—it thrives on inscrutability. But it can’t help betraying certain signs of its inner life: it’s hard to play…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Cats, Animals, Animal Behavior, Giz Asks


Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways

Scientists have long speculated that the “dirtier” the environment we grow up in—with lots of germs from different people and even animals—the better off our immune system and physical health ultimately will be. A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides early evidence that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Mental Health, Farms, National Academy of Science, Microbial Life, Hygiene Hypothesis


Why humans are so enchanted with cats

We think cats are our pets but we are mistaken. The New Yorker interviews Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World: She explains how “cats domesticated themselves”—essentially by choosing proximity to people as their survival strategy—and then proceeded to infect one in three humans on Earth with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which affects our behavior in ways that are still not entirely understood, although there is spec...
Tags: Psychology, Video, Science, News, Cats, Animals, Earth, Meow, Tucker, Toxoplasma, Abigail Tucker


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Nokia's banana phone, exploding stars, the world's oldest tattoos and more in our look around the web

1. Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Photography, Fashion, Space, Science, Design, Animals, Nokia, Tech, Sport, Stars, Nature, Tattoos, Phones, Baseball, Apparel


Stable genius: Britain’s first guide horse for blind people

An American miniature horse is training to become a faithful assistant to a visually impaired man from Lancashire – and causing quite a stir on the streets of BlackburnMohammed Salim Patel knew he was causing a stir in Blackburn market on Monday because he could hear it. “There were people around us saying, ‘Oh, look at that’, and I could hear the shutter sounds going on all their phones,” the 23-year-old says. The cause of the disturbance: Digby, Britain’s first guide horse for blind people.Pat...
Tags: Health, Animals, Society, Disability, Britain, Blindness and visual impairment, Blackburn, Lancashire, Patel, Katy Smith, BlackburnMohammed Salim Patel, Digby Britain


Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Non-native rhesus macaques in Florida‘s Silver Springs State Park have tested positive for herpes B, a potentially fatal disease that is spread through bodily fluids and may be transmissible to humans. According to a recent study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, about 30 percent of the monkeys tested carried the herpes B virus. In response to this public health threat, Florida state wildlife managers are proposing the removal of t...
Tags: Health, Asia, Florida, Design, News, Animals, Environment, Public Health, Invasive Species, Tallahassee, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Macaques, DepositPhotos, Silver Springs State Park, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Herpes B


Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans, scientists warn

Wildlife agency says free-roaming monkeys at state park are a public health concern, as 30% may have Herpes B that can spread to visitors via bodily fluidsWildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published on Wednesday, which finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.Scientists studying a growing population of rhesus macaques in Silver Springs state park say that rather than just carrying her...
Tags: Health, Florida, Animals, US news, Silver Springs


The giant rats that love avocado – and can diagnose deadly TB | Kate Lyons

A team in Tanzania have trained African pouched rats to make life-saving discoveries, sniffing out cases of tuberculosis missed by health clinicsAfter scampering about a sleek glass and aluminium cage, a rat named Riziwan has made a crucial discovery.In just minutes, Riziwan has positively identified 13 people who may have tuberculosis. The discovery is potentially life-saving news for those whose sputum samples were marked as clear by their local health clinics. But it’s all in a day’s – or rat...
Tags: Health, Animals, Africa, World news, Global development, Tanzania, Tuberculosis, Global Health, APOPO, Kate Lyons, Riziwan, Morogoro Tanzania



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