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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


Antarctic expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lakeScientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Contin...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US, World news, Antarctica, Antarctic


Honey Bees' Oddly Hypnotizing 'Shimmering' Is Actually a Clever Defense

Have you ever seen bees shimmering?Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Bees, Shimmering


Swiss Scientists Have Trained Their Dog-Like Robot to Better Fend Off Its Human Oppressors

Engineers in Switzerland say they’ve found a way to make a four-legged robot even harder to fight off during the eventual robopocalypse. In a new paper, published Wednesday in Science Robotics, they describe a system that trains the bot to move faster than ever, while still being able to resist attempts to knock it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Robots, Switzerland, Robotics, Science Robotics


Mysterious Shark Species Discovered in Museum Collection May Already Be Extinct

It’s a new year, and the world has its first new species of shark in 2019. Meet Carcharhinus obsolerus! Though, it’d be wise to temper your expectations if you hope to see the newly-described species in the wild. The unique shark—described based on a few specimens caught many decades ago—may actually be extinct, gone…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Wildlife, Oceans, Sharks, Marine Biology, We Hardly Knew Ye


A delightful cartoon about the "living fossil" fish, the coelacanth

Known as a "living fossil," the coelacanth is an order of fish thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was caught in 1938 in a fisherman's net off the coast of South Africa and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer. This wonderful paper animation tells the story of the curious creature and its rediscovery. (hhmi BioInteractive via The Kid Should See This)
Tags: Video, Science, News, Biology, Animals, Fish, South Africa, Cryptozoology, Marjorie Courtenay Latimer


Moonlight influences opening and closing of oysters' shells

Molluscs not only have tidal and circadian clocks but are attuned to lunar rhythms, experts sayThe gentle glow of moonlight on water has moved musicians, poets and painters – and, it turns out, molluscs. Researchers have discovered the opening and shutting of oysters’ shells appears to be tied to the lunar cycle.Biological clocks have intrigued scientists for centuries, and researchers in the field won the 2017 Nobel prize for studies into the 24-hour body clock. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Animals, World news, Fish, Oysters


Base paired up: study suggests genetic formula to monogamy

Scientists compared DNA of 10 species and found 24 genes which marked out males that stayed with their matesIt could be a handy riposte for the stalwart commitment-phobe. When challenged on their reluctance to be tied down, half-hearted partners could shrug and claim their neural gene expression profiles made them that way.That is, at least, if research on smaller animals holds true in humans. Researchers who compared the DNA of 10 different species found a common genetic formula which marked ou...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Genetics, Wildlife, Evolution, Mammals


Female penguins 'get stranded more because they travel further'

Longer journeys may exhaust females, say scientists tracking birds off South American coastEvery year, thousands of Magellanic penguins get stranded along the coast of South America – but puzzlingly, about 75% of those that get stuck are female. Now scientists say they have worked out what is behind the gender imbalance: the females migrate further north than males.Magellanic penguins finish breeding in Patagonia in February, and during the subsequent winter months head north, reaching as far as...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, South America


Japanese Sushi Magnate Kicks Off 2019 by Ridiculously Overpaying for Bluefin, Regretting It

A Japanese restaurateur set a record on Saturday by paying nearly $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a massive, 613-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year of Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market, and almost immediately conceded that perhaps he should not have paid that much, Reuters reported.Read more...
Tags: Food, Japan, Science, Animals, Restaurants, Environment, Conservation, Tokyo, Sushi, Pacific, Tuna, Reuters, Kiyoshi Kimura, Bluefin Tuna, Youre Gonna Need A Bigger Boat


Why Is Jeff Bezos on a Horse? 2018 Is Nearly Over, So Here Are Some Random Guesses

Why is Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos a cowboy now? On Monday—New Year’s Eve—the Western-themed apparel store Kemo Sabe posted a video of Bezos riding a horse right on into what appears to be the entrance of its Aspen, Colorado branch (apparently accompanied by his brother, Mark).Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Animals, Horses, New Years Eve, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Aspen Colorado, Mark Read, Kemo Sabe, Buffalo Bezos


Desperately Horny Australian Cane Toads Ride Snake Train to Sex Town

Are these invasive cane toads waterlogged, or just really, really thirsty? The below photo, captured by one Andrew Mock of Kununurra in northern Australia, shows 10 cane toads riding out a storm that dumped nearly 70mm of rain by hitching themselves to the back of an approximately 3.5-meter python,
Tags: Python, Science, Australia, Animals, Snakes, Poison, Amphibians, Toxins, Kununurra, Toads, Snake Train To Sex Town, Cane Toads, Sex Town


Alexa Snooping, Robot Takeovers, and FBI Surveillance: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The holidays are nigh, and this year’s naughty list is long indeed—and from revelations of reckless privacy violations over at Facebook headquarters and continued labor abuses at Amazon to the generally terrible way humanity has treated our homeworld, your erstwhile chroniclers at Gizmodo have been adding names to it…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Echo, Science, London, Movies, Biology, Labor, Internet, Climate Change, Animals, Doctor Who, Christmas, Economics, Global Warming, Surveillance


World's first no-kill eggs go on sale in Berlin

Scientists can now quickly determine a chick’s gender before it hatches, potentially ending the need to cull billions of male chicks worldwideThe world’s first ever no-kill eggs are now on sale in Berlin after German scientists found an easy way to determine a chick’s gender before it hatches, in a breakthrough that could put an end to the annual live shredding of billions of male chicks worldwide. The patented “Seleggt” process can determine the sex of a chick just nine days after an egg has be...
Tags: Food, Europe, Science, Eggs, Germany, Animals, Berlin, Environment, World news, Farming, Ethical and green living, Agriculture, Rewe Group, Seleggt, Ludger Breloh


Dogs help humans with disabilities socialize with others, researchers find

A pilot study has found that dogs help socialize those with intellectual disabilities at Australian group homes. Previous research finds that pets helps those who use wheelchairs "feel more secure and confident in public."People are far more likely to interact with someone with an intellectual disability if they were walking with a dog. None There are an estimated 5,000 people with a range of intellectual disabilities living in 900 places of "shared accommodation" with 24-hour staff support in V...
Tags: Science, Animals, Innovation, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, Surprising science, Disability Research Centre


Dinosaurs are alive! Here’s how we know, and why it matters

For most of the 20th century, figuring out the origin of birds was a great challenge of evolutionary biology — they didn't seem to fit anywhere. Then, in the late 20th century, a group of scientists discovered that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, which were large, bipedal meat-eaters like the Velociraptor or the T-Rex. The bird-from-dinosaur theory was considered to be a crackpot idea but after three decades of research, the evidence became irrefutable. Finally, the discovery of feather...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Darwin, Paleontology, Richard Prum


Blind creature that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump

Amphibian’s behaviour compared to US president’s approach to global warmingA newly discovered blind and burrowing amphibian is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, in recognition of the US president’s climate change denial.The name was chosen by the boss of EnviroBuild, a sustainable building materials company, who paid $25,000 (£19,800) at an auction for the right. The small legless creature was found in Panama and EnviroBuild’s Aidan Bell said its ability to bury its head in the grou...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US, World news, US news, Zoology, Donald Trump, Panama, Amphibians, Aidan Bell, EnviroBuild


Fossils show ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs likely had feathers

The specimens are of two small, flying reptiles discovered recently in China.In recent decades, multiple discoveries have led scientists to believe virtually all dinosaurs were covered in feathers.This recent discovery suggests that feathers were an adaptation that evolved before the dinosaurs, from a common ancestor. None During the 1990s and 2000s, paleontologists in China discovered a set of exceptionally well-preserved fossils that suggested theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs to which the ve...
Tags: UK, Science, China, Animals, Brown University, Innovation, Evolution, Siberia, Gizmodo, University of Edinburgh, Paleontology, Steve Brusatte, Manafzadeh


What's the Newest Animal?

Bears. Donkeys. Fat, friendly dogs. These animals—animals, generally—have been around for an extremely long time, long enough to feel like a fixed part of the landscape. It’s easy to forget that these creatures weren’t always there, and didn’t always look like they do now. On human—as opposed to geologic—time, forms…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Evolution, Evolutionary Biology


The truth about panda sex

We humans love to hear about how utterly useless pandas are at sex. 'They won't breed to save their species!' Except that's not true at all, says zoologist Lucy Cooke.Wild pandas are extremely virile — their sperm is 10 to 100 times more dense than human sperm — and pandas in the wild have been observed having sex 40 times in a single afternoon.In this comprehensive and fascinating talk, Cooke explains the panda mating ritual ("a sort of urinary Olympics"), why captive breeding has created a se...
Tags: Video, Science, Biology, Sex, China, Animals, Environment, Nature, Conservation, Innovation, Cooke, Jwplatform.com, Lucy Cooke Wild


Study finds microplastics in sea turtles around the world

The microplastics problem in the oceans has made its way to sea turtles in a big way. A new study from researchers at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory along with Greenpeace Research Laboratories has found microplastics in the guts of every single turtle they tested — a total of 102 sea turtles. The researchers tested more than 100 sea turtles from all seven species and three different oceans, and they were looking for synthetic particles less than 5 mm in length. The most...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Turtles, Animals, Study, Environment, Research, Oceans, Plastic, Plastic Waste, Plastic Pollution, Duncan, University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Microplastics


Dracula ant's killer jaws are nature's fastest mover at 200mph

Tropical insect uses lethal speed of its spring-loaded mandibles to stun or kill preyMove aside cheetah and peregrine falcon, there is a new contender for the title of fastest animal on Earth: the Dracula ant. Scientists have discovered that the small tropical insect can snap its mandibles at up to 90 metres a second (more than 200mph), the fastest animal movement on record.The ants use the explosive motion to attack, stun and kill prey, which is then fed to their larvae. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Insects


Scientists discover spider species that feeds its young milk

Spider milk containing four times the protein of cow’s milk is secreted by mothers, scientists in China findThe ability of mothers to produce milk for their babies is commonly considered a unique feature of mammals, but now scientists have discovered a species of spider that also nurses its young.Spider mothers were observed feeding a milk-like substance to their spiderlings and continuing to look after them almost into adulthood. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, China, Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Insects


Five animals that can regenerate

Lost tails and broken hearts can be fixed – and one creature can even eat without a mouthResearchers in Mexico last week described how they are studying cave-dwelling tetra fish to better understand why some animals can regenerate tissue but others can’t. The scientists performed surgery to remove some of the heart of river fish and cave fish from the species Astyanax mexicanus, finding that while some river fish do regenerate tissue, the cave fish just grew scars over the damage. Continue readi...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Animals, Fish, Medical Research, Marine Life


Runaway Peacock Ditches His Human Family for New Turkey Friends

A pet peacock that’s evaded capture for weeks in Vermont has reportedly ditched his human family for a group of wild turkeys. The owner of the bird, whose name is Pea, said that the peacock was still on the lam as of Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Turkey, Vermont, Peacock, New Turkey, Peacock On The Run


Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

Urgent planting of wildflowers will attract pollinators and boost farmers’ food crops, expert to tell UNThe collapse in bee populations can be reversed if countries adopt a new farmer-friendly strategy, the architect of a new masterplan for pollinators will tell the UN biodiversity conference this week.Stefanie Christmann of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas will present the results of a new study that shows substantial gains in income and biodiversity from devoting...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Bees, Wildlife, Pesticides, Farming, Agriculture, Insects, International Center for Agricultural Research, UN biodiversity conference, Stefanie Christmann


4,000-year-old termite mounds are so vast they're visible from space

This 4,000-year-old structure can be seen from space and wasn't built by humans. The mounds are made up of 200 million mounds of earth. They're still under construction today. They're nearly as old as the pyramids of Giza, and far larger, the equivalent in volume of some 4,000 Great Pyramids. They weren't built by people, though. Two hundred million mounds of dirt — more than 10 cubic kilometers, or 2.6 trillion U.S. gallons, of it — together form a massive structure about the size of Great Bri...
Tags: Science, Animals, Intelligence, Discovery, Nature, Architecture, Innovation, Brazil, Insects, Great Britain, University Of Salford, Giza, Stephen Martin, Roy Funch, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana


An ancient structure visible from space isn’t man-made

This 4,000-year-old structure can be seen from space and wasn't built by humans It's made up of 200 million mounds of earth It's still under construction today They're nearly as old as the pyramids of Giza, and far larger, the equivalent in volume of some 4,000 Great Pyramids. And they weren't built by people. 200 million mounds of dirt — more than 10 cubic kilometers, or 2.6 trillion U.S. gallons, of it — together form a massive structure about the size of Great Britain. It was assembled speck...
Tags: Science, Animals, Intelligence, Discovery, Nature, Architecture, Innovation, Brazil, Insects, Great Britain, University Of Salford, Giza, Stephen Martin, Roy Funch, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana


Scientists Stabbed Cactus Spines Into Meat to Study Evolution

One benefit of working at a university with an agricultural school is the availability of meat. That’s especially useful if you need something to stab cactus spines into.Read more...
Tags: Meat, Science, Animals, Plants, Evolution, Biomimicry, Cacti, Porcupines


Do Animals Grift Each Other?

Ours is a dog-eat-dog world—but is the same true for dogs? I’ve seen dogs tussle over discarded bits of hamburger meat, but I’ve never seen one try to enlist another in a shady multi-level marketing scheme, nor have I seen one dog try to distract another dog while a third dog steals the second dog’s rat carcass or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Liars, Grifters, Animal Psychology



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