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Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Scientists say that studying bee behavior could help them understand hummingbird behavior, too.
Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Scientists say that studying bee behavior could help them understand hummingbird behavior, too.

In Captivity, Orangutans Unlock Greater Curiosity and Intelligence

Orangutans become more curious if they spend a lot of time with humans in a safe environment. And that means they are better at solving cognitive puzzles.

ScienceTake: Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

Orangutans who were raised around people in safe environments are more curious and score better on cognitive tests.

ScienceTake: Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

Orangutans who were raised around people in safe environments are more curious and score better on cognitive tests.
Feature: To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It

Feature: To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It

Brains of several dozen species of mammals and birds stored individually in antifreeze.

Dolphins Mug for Camera in Awareness Test

In a three-year study using mirrors, bottle-nosed dolphins were found to recognize themselves much earlier than other animals — even humans.

ScienceTake: Dolphins Show Self-Recognition Earlier Than Children

Dolphins develop the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror at an earlier age than children, which fits with how fast they develop generally.
The new science of animal cognition is forcing countries to overhaul their laws

The new science of animal cognition is forcing countries to overhaul their laws

Hath not the lobster claws, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as humans? If we boil it,…
Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

In an experiment, scientists sedated plants like the Venus fly trap. When the drugs wore off, the plants came back to life, almost as if they were regaining consciousness.
Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

In an experiment, scientists sedated plants like the Venus fly trap. When the drugs wore off, the plants came back to life, almost as if they were regaining consciousness.
Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

In an experiment, scientists sedated plants like the Venus fly trap. When the drugs wore off, the plants came back to life, almost as if they were regaining consciousness.
In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.
In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.

Secrets of a Snake’s Belly Crawl

New tests of an old hypothesis reveal how snakes pour themselves along the ground in a straight line.