Nature

There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence,
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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence,
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For the first time, neuroscientists at Indiana University (IU) have demonstrated that non-human animals can mentally replay past memories. That’s a pretty spectacular finding – but it could also potentially help out researchers looking to develop new treatments for memory loss that happens in Alzheimer’s disease and similar afflictions.   “The reason we’re interested in
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French bulldogs, with their marble-like eyes and pleated faces, are beloved by celebrities and ordinary people alike. Really, really beloved. In the United States, Frenchies didn’t even rank in the American Kennel Club’s top 30 most popular breeds in 2007. Last year, they were No. 4. In Britain, they ranked 76th in 2005. Now they’re in second place and on track to snag
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Yellowstone National Park may be showing some scary signs of “supervolcanic” activity, but new research has found we don’t have to worry just yet. It turns out Yellowstone, along with other supervolcanoes, have very clear signs when an eruption is pending, and Yellowstone is thankfully still in the safe zone.   Although we can do
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In Yellowstone National Park, the world’s largest active geyser has been experiencing “unusual” eruptions. Over the past six weeks, the Steamboat geyser has erupted three times, including once this week.   But don’t worry, there’s no evidence this is a sign of an impending supervolcano meltdown. “There is nothing to indicate that any sort of
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Beneath Marcio Cabral’s entry, the British Natural History Museum detailed the arduous process the photographer said he went through to snap the award-winning picture. He’d spent three years returning to the plains of Brazil, he told Wildlife Photographer of the Year judges, staking out giant termite mounds dotted with bioluminescent click beetle larvae — and
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The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment we live in can make genetic changes, too. Last year, researchers discovered that these kinds of environmental genetic changes can be passed down for a whopping 14 generations in an animal – the largest span ever observed
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It all started with a “rancid stench”. Then the authorities were called. “You cannot imagine. It was so awful,” Soary Randrianjafizanaka, the regional head of Madagascar’s environmental agency, told National Geographic.   A two-story home in the city of Toliara, Madagascar had been filled to the brim with 10,976 critically endangered radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata).
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Ornithologists have classified the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise as its own species after recognizing differences in two similar-looking kinds of the birds. These birds-of-paradise are famous for evolving super-black feathers that absorb nearly all light, and their haunting courtship dances (see video below). But now scientists have discovered there are actually two species.   For years,
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Next time you’re having a bad day, feeling sluggish, or simply uninspired about your existence, we have a solution. Watch this video, and remember that within us all are fiery, dancing cells working their butts off just to keep us alive.   Although we’ve known for decades how cells move throughout organisms, this video is the first
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