In Croatia, unexploded mines dot the landscape and still kill people who find them. But a new animal is being trained to locate them for us: honeybees. Nikola Kezic, an expert on the behavior of honeybees, sat quietly together with a...Show More Summary
Approximately one year ago I told you about animal welfare advocate, Dr. Frank McMillan’s study documenting the increased incidence of behavioral abnormalities in adult dogs rescued from puppy mills. This important research provided scientific documentation that these animals come part and parcel with a plethora of negative behaviors. Dr. McMillan has done it again. This [...]
The T.Jacket lets you increase the pressure around your kid from anywhere, giving you a remote, but physical connection--and helping calm them down. In the mid-'60s, the animal behavior expert, autism sufferer, and all-around genius,...Show More Summary
For some species of social spiders, it seems the family that lives together, kills together. A recent study in the journal Animal Behavior shows that young spiders who live with alongside their older siblings grow up big and strong, at least in part because they're dining on the leftovers brought home by their older siblings.
Mammas is a playful & bizarre web series about animal motherhood that is written, directed, and performed by Isabella Rossellini. In each short episode, Rossellini dons elaborate costumes and acts out the behavior of a mother from the animal kingdom (including eating her own babies as a mamma hamster). Presented by the Sundance Channel, the [...]
Conventional knowledge would say that humans, since their earliest evolutionary incarnations, have always been hunters. In order to fulfill dietary needs, humans developed increasingly effective tools to hunt and harvest animals. It was a trait that early humans developed from their ancestors, but how far back does it stretch? A recent study by scientists at [...]Show More Summary
The fin whale is the second-largest animal ever to live on Earth. It is also, paradoxically, one of the least understood. The animal's huge size and global range make its movements and behavior hard to study. read more
How do organisms evolve into individuals that are distinguished from others by their own personal brain structure and behavior? Scientists have now taken a decisive step towards clarifying this question. Using mice as an animal model, they were able to show that individual experiences influence the development of new neurons, leading to measurable changes in the brain.
(yes) Trace fossil evidence for Ediacaran bilaterian animals with complex behaviorsAuthors:1. Zhe Chen (a)2. Chuanming Zhou (a)3. Mike Meyer (b)4. Ke Xiang (c)5. James D. Schiffbauer (d)6. Xunlai Yuan (a)7. Shuhai Xiao (b)Affiliations:a. Show More Summary
Last night at the 92Y Tribeca, Isabella Rossellini previewed one of her nine short films entitled "Mammas," a contemplation of motherhood that pivots towards the animal kingdom. But by juxtaposing animal behavior with that of human mothers,...Show More Summary
The behavior of the companion animals we share our lives with is at times fascinating, frequently entertaining, and sometimes downright puzzling. Here are a few examples of how the furry love of your life shows affection.
YouTube link. The video - an excerpt from Frans de Waal's TED talk "Moral behavior in animals" - is self-explanatory and enjoyable.
“We gotta post this one!” -MF All ye need do is ask, Cute Overlord, and eet shall be done. Posted on YT by Frisco68, who added “The weasel war dance is a colloquial term for a behavior of excited ferrets and weasels. In wild animals, it is speculated that this dance is used to confuse [...]
In this 2011 TED Talk, Primatologist Dr. Frans de Waal shares one of his experiments about moral behavior in animals. Watch what happens when two capuchin monkeys are given unequal rewards for the same task. Hat Tip Link
Washington, DC — Stimulating a region of the brain known to be involved in reward decreases binge eating behavior in mice, according to a study published in the April 24 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings add to a growing body of evidence supporting the role of the brain’s reward system in driving the consumption of palatable food. Show More Summary
Newly discovered fossils of the small flying-dinosaur Microraptor have revealed a somewhat surprising, and previously unknown, aspect of the animal’s behavior; in addition to preying on birds and small mammals, they also ate fish. That’s...Show More Summary
Mice tap into their own neural reward circuits with the help of a new optogenetics device. A microscopic light-emitting diode device that controls the activity of neurons has given researchers wireless control over animal behavior. The...Show More Summary
When I’m not writing for Dogster, I’m working with animals in my animal communication and consulting business. I help people and their furry companions in many ways, including resolving behavioral changes with animals, assisting with the grief of an animal making their transition, and reuniting families with missing animals. Show More Summary
Chairman of the conservative Family Research Institute and all-around kook Paul Cameron held a press conference (stood behind a rented podium) in which he presented what he calls “research” regarding the sexual behavior of gay people. According to Cameron’s “study”, gay men are more likely to have sex with children and are known to have [...]
By Felix Clay Published: April 04th, 2013 Carsten Koall/Getty Images News/Getty Images Strictly speaking, everyone is perverted in some way. If a perversion is anything that strays from what is generally considered the norm, then being a rich, white male is a perversion of the American norm,