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The Mewgaroo Sweatshirt Lets You Be A Kangaroo Mom To Your Pet

You may have seen cats on leashes and dogs in strollers before. Pet owners will do just about anything to get close to their animals, and a new product from Japanese retailer Unihabitat totally enables the behavior. The "Mewgaroo" is a hoodie with a pouch large enough to hold a cat or small pup. Show More Summary

Here's What Sharks Do When You Give Them Cameras

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Fisheries biologist John Shepherd once said that “counting fish is like counting trees—except you can’t see them and they move.” This can make animal behavior research extremely difficult. And while increasingly advanced electronic telemetry tags can tell us a lot, there’s just no substitute for seeing a behavior on video. Read more...

How people defend eating meat

Meat eaters who justify their eating habits feel less guilty and are more tolerant of social inequality say researchers. They found that the vast majority of omnivores defend consuming animals by rationalizing their behavior using one of four rationalizations, which they call the 4Ns.

Modeling repetitive behavior

A recent conversation with Didier Demolin about animal vocalizations motivated me to return to a an issue discussed in "Finch linguistics", 7/15/2011. (See also "Markov's heart of darkness", 7/18/2011, "Non-Markovian yawp", 9/18/2011,...Show More Summary

Jane Goodall, Rusty and Me

Jane Goodall had no experience with chimpanzees before she set out on her lifetime's mission of studying them and advocating for them, but she was well versed in the rudiments of animal behavior. "I had had a marvelous teacher in animal...Show More Summary

Pets on Prozac: Drug treatment can help anxious dogs

Dogs who suffer with separation anxiety become more optimistic when taking the animal equivalent of Prozac during behavioral treatment, according to the results of an innovative new study. Canine separation-related problems -- also described...Show More Summary

Hamsters Battle in Roid Rage Fight Club

A Boston professor is pitting the furry critters against each other to study aggressive behavior—but critics say the experiments dabble in animal cruelty.

Brain protein linked to binge-drinking behavior

Scientists have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking -- defined as drinking to the point of intoxication -- puts people at greater risk for health problems such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease and neurological damage.

TSRI Scientists Link Brain Protein to Binge-Drinking Behavior

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models.

Binge-drinking behavior linked to brain protein

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene for this protein in mice ramped up alcohol consumption...Show More Summary

Woman Warns: Beloved Pet Died After Climbing Into Top Paw Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

When behavioral therapist and animal rescuer Kari Willett purchased Top Paw’s Airtight Pet Food Storage Containers from PetSmart about a month ago, she was impressed by how well they stacked. Willett is an animal lover who has rescued...Show More Summary

Why Play Is Valuable In Itself, And Not Just For Practical Benefits It May Provide

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“[Behavioral science] suggests that play is also a crucial part of the full life of the human animal, and yet philosophers have said very little about it. Usually, if we see an appreciation of play, it’s an attempt to show its secret utility value – ‘See, it’s pragmatic after all!’ … All this is true […]

Animal Behavior: If You Give This Monkey The Middle Finger, Prepare For Retaliation… [Video]

Man Drop Kicked By Monkey After He Gives It The Middle Finger Via HuffingtonPost Footage from a security camera is said to show a young man in Shimla, India, giving the finger to one of the area’s famously belligerent monkeys.

Why do animals fight other species? Aggression against potential rivals

Why do animals fight with members of other species? A nine-year study by UCLA biologists says the reason often has to do with "obtaining priority access to females" in the area. The scientists observed and analyzed the behavior of several species of Hetaerina damselflies, also known as rubyspot damselflies. Show More Summary

10 Pungent Facts About Skunks

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

These guys get a bad rap, but there's amazing chemistry and crazy behavior behind the animal kingdom's smelly outcast.

Testosterone key to new bird bang theory

Biologists who study animal behavior suggest that evolution is hard at work when it comes to the acrobatic courtship dances of a tropical bird species.

Telling the time of day by color

Research by scientists at The University of Manchester has revealed that the colour of light has a major impact on how the brain clock measures time of day and on how the animals' physiology and behavior adjust accordingly. The study,...Show More Summary

Telling the time of day by color

New research has revealed that the color of light has a major impact on how the brain clock measures time of day and on how the animals' physiology and behavior adjust accordingly. The study, for the first time, provides a neuronal mechanism for how our internal clock can measure changes in light color that accompany dawn and dusk.

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