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Citizen Science Projects for Wildlife Lovers

You can contribute to global research and conservation efforts in as little as 30 minutes By Maria Ter-Mikaelian, Ph.D. Photo: Or Hiltch/Flickr, source Did you ever dream about being a scientist as a kid? Or perhaps recent movies, like Hidden Figures, have inspired...

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Thinking Livestock

There is more to farm animals than meets the eye  Photo: Tim Green / Flickr, source. By Maria Ter-Mikaelian, Ph.D. My two-year-old son is fascinated by cows. He loves to look at all the cow pictures on his milk carton, and a really special treat is watching a 5-minute...

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Infidelity in Nature: A Lion’s Story

By Devin Zingsheim When people think of mating, especially in the case of humans, they often think of one man marrying and mating with a single female. While this provides a nice image of mating, it is not always true. In the case of humans, both males and females may...

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Do Rats Laugh?

By Megan McGrath Even before human babies can speak, they will giggle when tickled. Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist of emotion at Washington State University, noted “if one wants to become friends with a young child, there is no easier way to negotiate the social...

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Transmissions from the ‘Singing Planet’

By Megan McGrath Take a moment to think about the ways you communicate every day. Maybe you called your friend up for a chat on the phone. Maybe you kissed your partner on the cheek as you left for work. Maybe you scolded your child, or shook a new acquaintance’s...

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How much thought do you give to the lowly chicken?

By Megan McGrath Probably not much, besides as a pale cellophane-wrapped piece of meat to be slipped into the frying pan for dinner (or to be avoided, if you are the sort of person who avoids chicken for dinner). And when cracking eggs for an omelette breakfast, who...

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Sharing Emotional Worlds

By Megan McGrath Do animals have emotions? The answer, from three leading animal scientists: Absolutely, of course, yes, animals do indeed feel pain, pleasure, and probably sadness, and they sometimes maybe even feel jealous or empathic. The question is no longer if;...

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