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Scientists Gave Sober Cows a Drunk Walking Test

Veterinary researchers in the Netherlands and Sweden made cows walk a straight line, all the while recording their movements through motion sensors. Far from trying to identify the drunkards in the group, the scientists actually hope their research can one day help farmers better identify cows with potential health…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Animals, Livestock, Cattle, Netherlands, Cows, Mammals, Dairy Farming, Lameness, Gait, Dairy Cattle, Technology Internet, Terrestrial Locomotion


For the First Time Ever, Scientists Witness Chimps Killing Gorillas

New research details two fatal encounters in which wild chimpanzees attacked and killed gorillas. It’s a rare example of one great ape species attacking another—and scientists are worried that climate change might have something to do with it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Gorilla, Apes, Primatology, Bonobos, Mammals, Pan, APE, Bonobo, Richard Wrangham, Simone Pika, Chimpanzee, Hominidae, Tobias Deschner


These Cat Ears Move Based on Your Brain Waves

Japanese company Neurowear is making a new version of its Necomimi headband, a wearable that reads your brain waves to... move robotic cat ears. You can think of them as a mood ring for nerds and uh, anyone who feels like re-enacting Cats (2019).Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Ear, Cat, Ears, Human Interest, Organisms, Branches Of Biology, Neurowear, Necomimi


This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended

If you want most of the companionship that comes with a dog with less of the work, cats are great. They sleep most of the time, and a lot of the rest they’re inclined to spend by themselves. Walks are purely an optional affectation for the feline-obsessed, as is outdoor time (which many pet experts don’t recommend).…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Cat, Urine, Robot, Litter, Litter Box, Larry, Elsey, Cat Training, Feces, Branches Of Biology, Bin Bag, Siyah, Autopets


Two Bull Sharks Swam Up the Mississippi River All the Way to St. Louis

Bull sharks are coastal creatures, but at least two of the animals were able to make it as far inland as St. Louis by swimming up the Mississippi River, according to a team of researchers who looked at the shark’s fossil record and reported sightings over the years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Fish, St Louis, Sharks, Mississippi River, Predators, Ryan Shell, Bull Shark, Bull Sharks, Ichthyology, Nicholas Gardner, Branches Of Biology, Elasmobranchii, Outline Of Sharks, Vertebrate Zoology


Would Your Dog Give You Treats If He Could?

Getting dogs to share food with you may not be all that easy, new research suggests. In a series of experiments, scientists found that dogs didn’t reciprocate the act of giving food to helpful humans. Though the results may be due to how the experiment was conducted, it could also suggest food-giving just isn’t one of…Read more...
Tags: Pet, Science, Dogs, Animals, Animal Welfare, Wolves, Dog Food, Scavengers, Human Interest, Dog Training, Organisms, Taxa


Stop Dumping Your Pet Goldfish Into Lakes

It’s a common story: A family gets a goldfish, but then their kid tires of it—maybe soccer, guitar lessons, or schoolwork start taking priority. The family wants to get rid of the fish but doesn’t want to hurt it, so they release it into a local waterway or flush it down the toilet. A well-intentioned move, sure, but…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Fish, Carp, Green, Aquarium, Hobbies, Burnsville, Human Interest, Goldfish, Fishkeeping, Freshwater Fish, US Scientists




An Estimated 1 Billion Sea Creatures Cooked to Death in the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

There’s bad news for crustacean lovers. Some researchers are estimating that more than 1 billion sea creatures—including clams, mussels, barnacles, and snails—basically cooked to death during the record Pacific Northwest heat wave.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Articles, Sea, Shellfish, Belgian Cuisine, Cbc, Effects Of Climate Change, Mussel, Heat Wave, Clam, Greek Cuisine, Physical Geography, Lissa James Monberg


Why do big creatures live longer?

Scientists have observed that in nature, all things scale with size in a way that is mathematically predictable.Similar scaling laws hold for things like growth and lifespan. As theoretical physicist Geoffrey West explains, larger mammals generally live longer because of the inverse relationship between body size and the rate at which cells are damaged.By having this theory of scaling laws, "you can determine what the parameters are, the knobs that you could conceivably turn to change that lifes...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Innovation, Geoffrey West


This Carved Snake May Have Been the Staff of a Stone Age Shaman

Archaeologists in Finland have uncovered a remarkable wooden snake figurine that possibly belonged to a Stone Age shaman.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Finland, Snake, Serpent, Organisms, Land of the Dead, Geography Of The United States, Vipera Berus, Satu Koivisto


3,000-Year-Old Murder Mystery Solved: Shark Attack

A large shark, possibly a great white or a tiger, fatally attacked a young man. The man’s wounds were extensive, including the loss of a leg, a hand, and both feet. Thanks to those at the time who recovered his body and the way in which they buried him, his bones survived 3,000 years to tell us a horrific story of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Sharks, George Burgess, Great White Shark, Predators, Masato Nakatsukasa, Predation, Ichthyology, Rick Schulting, John Pouncett, Jeanne Timmons, Elasmobranchii, Cartilaginous Fish, Dphil, Shark Attacks In Australia


The Cow Uprising Has Begun

Perhaps weary of America’s gruesome mass-murder ritual, cows across the country have decided to do something else and go somewhere. We can’t know why or where because we can’t talk to them, but the thought process was probably along the lines of: There’s somethin’ happenin’ somewhere. Baby, I just know that there is.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, America, Cattle, Moo, Organisms, Steve Carmona


Makeup fails to solve mystery of why jumping spiders have back stripes

Scientists were surprised by results of painting eyeliner on shells of jumping spiders to change their appearanceResearchers have come up with an ingenious way to test the theory that male jumping spiders have evolved colourful stripes to ward off predators – they have put makeup on them.Unlike the females of the species, the male Habronattus pyrrithrix come in vivid hues to attract mates. But scientists writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science wanted to establish whether their bright, ...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Spiders, Royal Society Open Science


‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Cons...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Genetics, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Peru, Amazon Rainforest


Sharks With Weird Sores and Lesions Have Appeared at a Popular Malaysian Dive Spot

Calling all dermatologists. There are some hot sharks who need you. Marine biologists say that warming oceans could be responsible for a mystery skin affliction that is taking a toll on sharks off the coast of Malaysia.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Malaysia, Sharks, Predators, Sipadan, Ichthyology, Branches Of Biology, Elasmobranchii, Vertebrate Zoology, Reef Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, Datuk Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din, Austin Spiji, Davies Austin Spiji


Australian researchers discover why only two of echidna’s four penis heads become erect at one time

The major blood vessel of the penis splits into two main branches which each supply two of the four penile headsThe penis of an echidna has four heads but only two become erect at any one time. Now, Australian researchers have uncovered why.Scientists discovered the marsupial has unusual reproductive anatomy that causes male echidnas to ejaculate from only two of their four penile heads at one time.
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife


Australian researchers discover why only two heads of echidna penis become erect at one time

The major blood vessel of the penis splits into two main branches which each supply two of the four penile headsThe penis of an echidna has four heads but only two become erect at any one time. Now, Australian researchers have uncovered why.Scientists discovered the marsupial has unusual reproductive anatomy that causes male echidnas to ejaculate from only two of their four penile heads at one time.
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife


These Chinese Elephants Are Viral Stars—and Total Nuisances

There’s a new group of Internet influencers hailing from China who are taking the world by a storm—or should I say stampede. They’re not TikTok stars or YouTubers, though they do frequently appear on both platforms. They can’t even hold phones, because they’re elephants. Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Animals, Elephants, Grand Theft Auto, Mammals, War Elephant, Asian Elephant, Proboscideans, Elephants In Ancient China


‘Birds are here for everyone’: how Black birdwatchers are finding a community

In a 2011 study by the Fish and Wildlife Service, 93% of birders surveyed were white while just 4% were Black“This is my form of therapy,” says Mariana Winnik, a third-grade teacher and avid birdwatcher from Brooklyn. Wearing a T-shirt with illustrations of birds and wielding a pair of binoculars and a trusty bird identification app, Winnik makes her way through north Central Park, on a mid-morning Saturday walk led by Christian Cooper.Cooper says he doesn’t usually lead bird walks because of th...
Tags: New York, Science, Animals, Environment, US news, Birds, Brooklyn, Wildlife, Black, Central Park, Wildlife Service, Winnik, Mariana Winnik, Christian Cooper Cooper


RIP Cobby, Oldest Male Chimp in the U.S., a 'Charismatic and Compassionate Leader'

One of the world’s longest-lived chimpanzees has died. Officials at the San Francisco Zoo announced Sunday that Cobby the chimp passed away this weekend at the ripe old age of 63. Cobby was the oldest male chimp living in an accredited North American zoo. Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Ham, Maggie, San Francisco Zoo, Pan, Minnie, Suzie, Human Interest, Chimpanzee, Cobby, The Zoo, Organisms, Tanya M Peterson, Little Mama


Puppy Experiment Shows How Dogs Connect With Humans From Birth

New research published this week suggests that dogs are born to understand people, at least to some extent. The study showed that 8-week-old puppies preparing to become service dogs were already capable of communicating with humans, even without formal training. Moreover, they found that genetics played a large role…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dogs, Animals, Wolves, Scavengers, Human Interest, Dog Training, Organisms, Taxa, Ethology, Dog Intelligence, Assistance Dog, Emily Bray




Volunteer Your Cat or Dog for a New 'If I Fits I Sits' Study

Researchers are looking for good boys and girls to volunteer their time and paws for the sake of science. This week, scientists at Hunter College’s Thinking Dog Center sent out an open call for everyday cats and dogs, as well as their owners, to participate in a citizen science project. The study is intended to help…Read more...
Tags: Dog, Pet, Science, Animals, Cat, Animal Welfare, Optical Illusion, Hunter College, Human Interest, Neutering, Organisms, Animal Models, Felids, Gabriela Smith


Scientists Want Your Cats and Dogs to Volunteer Their Time for Science

Researchers are looking for good boys and girls to volunteer their time and paws for the sake of science. This week, scientists at Hunter College’s Thinking Dog Center sent out an open call for everyday cats and dogs, as well as their owners, to participate in a citizen science project. The study is intended to help…Read more...
Tags: Dog, Pet, Science, Animals, Cat, Animal Welfare, Optical Illusion, Hunter College, Human Interest, Neutering, Organisms, Taxa, Animal Models, Gabriela Smith


Tardigrades can survive being shot out of guns at up to 2,000 mph

The adorable, microscopic, crystal-pooping, nigh-invulnerable water bears known as tardigrades have another wonderful superlative to add their resume: living bullets. According to a new study from the journal of Astrobiology, scientists loaded tardigrades into canisters and shot them out of gas-powered guns at extreme velocities to see how they fared. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Science, News, Animals, Space Exploration, Tardigrades, Tardigrade, Mars Or Bust


Inside the Dreamy World of the Longest Jellyfish on Earth

I sincerely wondered if the otherworldly and beautiful creature in the photo above was real or computer-generated, perhaps for a sci-fi TV show. It is, however, very much of this world. This is the lion’s mane jellyfish, the longest jellyfish in the world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Earth, Jellyfish, Cnidaria, Marine Animals, Venomous Animals, Aquatic Animals, Jellyfish Lake, Allen Collins, Cnidarians, Gelatinous Zooplankton, Nomuras Jellyfish, Semaeostomeae, Lions Mane Jellyfish


You're Supposed to Be Comforted by This Faceless Robotic Vibrating Cat, Not Horrified

If there’s one sure sign a creature isn’t of this world, but some other horrific realm, it’s a lack of a face. For the creators of the MeowEver, a cat-shaped pillow that simulates purring, a lack of a face is instead supposed to be an endearing trait, and encourage users to cuddle up with the bot, while pushing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Cat, Robots, Robotics, Human Interest, Cat Behavior, Aibo, Purr, Flatcat


Naturalist Jane Goodall wins 2021 Templeton prize for life’s work

Prize recognises primatologist’s contribution to work on animal intelligence and humanityThe naturalist Jane Goodall has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Templeton prize in recognition of her life’s work on animal intelligence and humanity.Goodall, 87, built her global reputation on her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s. Her foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, works with local communities as well as providing safe habitats for chimpanzees and gorillas, an...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Tanzania, Biodiversity, Jane Goodall, Templeton, Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall


Dogs can better detect Covid in humans than lateral flow tests, finds study

French trial shows dogs were able to detect presence of coronavirus with 97% accuracyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDogs are better at detecting Covid-19 in humans than many fast lateral flow tests (LFTs), according to a French study which could see canines more widely deployed for mass virus screening in crowded places including airports.The trial, conducted in March and April by France’s national veterinary school and the clinical research unit of Paris’s Necker-Co...
Tags: Europe, Science, Dogs, France, Animals, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paris, Coronavirus, COVID, Necker Cochin



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