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Masters Of Disguise: Meet The Masquerading Spider

(SPIDERS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Matjaz Kunter, an investigator with the Evolutionary Zoology lab, accidentally stumbled upon a new species of spider. This unnamed arachnid disguises itself as a dead leaf, dangling in the wind. Researchers found that the spider’s back resembles a living, green leaf, while their underside is brown. In fact, their camouflage is so brilliant, […]

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Tickled Pink: Can Rats Experience Joy?

(RATS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Not a fan of rats? This new study might change your mind! Neuroscientists are tickling rats in an attempt to demonstrate the similarities between rats and humans when they’re tickled. Believe it or not, the rats loved being tickled so much, they would let out the rat-equivalent of laughter, jump for joy, and […]

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Does Your Dog Really Know What You’re Saying?

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Haven’t you ever wondered if man’s best friend actually knows what you’re saying? According to a new study, Fido may be smarter than you think! Similarly to humans, dogs use the left side of their brain to process language, but they use the right side of their brain to process intonation. So apparently […]

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A research primate at University of California, Berkeley, 1967. Photo Credit Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

No Such Thing As “Responsible” Research: Second Thoughts Of An Animal Researcher

(ANIMAL TESTING/RESEARCH ANIMALS) In 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) put an end to biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees, claiming they deserved “special consideration and respect” as the closest human relative. But chimps are far from being the only nonhuman primates used in NIH research then, or now. An estimated 70,000 other primates […]

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7 Animals Who Are Smarter Than People

(SMART ANIMALS/ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Some animals have certain sets of skills and smarts that are mind-boggling. Mapping out where your family members are by smell? A photographic memory and the ability to recall number sequences? Traversing the world and home again with no guidance but the tip of your beak? These are just some examples of […]

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The Golden Orb Weaver produces seven types of silk for its web. Photo Credit: CNN

No Arachnophobia Allowed! Using Spiders To Heal Humans

(SPIDERS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Professor Fritz Vollrath is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. His research from Oxford University takes the study of spiders to a whole new level. Through years of research he has found that the silk from spiders can be used to assist in several medical treatments. Can you imagine having a knee replacement using spider […]

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Is It Possible To Eat Meat Without Killing Animals?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) WASHINGTON— Uma S. Valeti, a cardiologist who trained at the Mayo Clinic, has developed an innovative way of farming meat without killing animals. This technique, which harvests animal cells in a laboratory, could transform the inhumane meat industry as we know it. Meat derived from slaughterhouses or animal farms can be packed […]

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When dogs show the whites of their eyes in a "half-moon" shape it can indicate stress.
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Too Much Puppy Love? Hugging It Out With Our Dogs

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Is there a such thing as too much puppy love? As it turns out, hugging a dog could actually increase their stress levels. In a new study, psychology professor Dr. Stanley Coren analyzed a random sampling of 250 pictures of people hugging dogs and identified a number of specific signs indicating a dog’s […]

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Tickling Apes Teaches How Humans Aren’t So Special

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) Why are humans so eager to project their own feelings and experiences onto animals? In doing so, aren’t we forgetting that people are animals, too? Advanced skills once associated only with humans are actually found in many species, ranging from dolphins to wasps–thus defying the overall structure of the animal kingdom. […]

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<p>Chickens may be smarter than you think. Photo Credit: Shutterstock</p>

Who’s Smarter, The Chicken Or The Toddler?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Chickens are definitely smarter than they look, according to a very enlightening study. The domesticated fowl is able to apply logic, understand physics, navigate efficiently, and much more. Some of the chicken’s mental capabilities are usually only seen in children above the age of four, thus inferring that chickens may be smarter than your average […]

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<p>The reason behind this rise in jellyfish population is still up for debate. Photo credit: Future of Marine Animal Populations</p>

Are Jellyfish Taking Over The Oceans?

(OCEANS/JELLYFISH) Despite popular belief that these gelatinous sea creatures are taking over the world’s oceans, studies suggest there is in fact a 20-year cycle which directly correlates to the abundance of jellyfish in various parts of the world. According to researchers from the Global Jellyfish Group, this current rise in the cycle may have created […]

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Deer In Headlights: Why Do They Stand There?

(ANIMAL FACTS/SCIENCE) We’ve all heard the expression “like a deer in the headlights,” but why do deer just stand in front of a moving car? Here’s why headlights can make a deer freeze. Also, see the linked article below for tips to avoid hitting deer. — Global Animal

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Dogs & Drinks: The Science Behind Lapping

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) An apple falling could be explained by the law of gravity and water staying safely in a swinging bucket by centripetal force. Science is wonderful that way. But what about the simple act of a dog lapping water? You can finally understand how your pooch does it, thanks to a few dedicated Harvard […]

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