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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.

Adorable Photos of Everyday Objects Transformed Into Playful Characters

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Artist ErAn Croitoru imbues everyday objects with human emotions and behaviors in his playful photo series Animated Photography. The project has also spawned some whimsical animations. Prints are available on Croitoru’s Etsy store. images by ErAn Croitoru via Bored Panda

Worse Than An Animal

(Restaurant | Dublin, Ireland) Restaurant | Dublin, Ireland Categories: Bad Behavior Bigotry Tags: Restaurant Restaurant | Dublin, Ireland(I used work at a restaurant in a small town. It is the evening shift and a woman eating aloneShow More Summary

Watch CGI FIsh Swim Around a Virtual Aquarium

GIFs by author, via Crowd simulations take over the ocean floor in Memukhin Oleg’s Fishing day, a brief but beautiful CGI experiment. In just six seconds of animated action, Oleg (a.k.a Monkibase), simulates the fluid behavior of fish using a “fish flocking model” created in the graphics application Houdini. Show More Summary

TSRI Scientists Find Molecular Trigger of Schizophrenia-Like Behaviors and Brain Changes

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a molecule in the brain that triggers schizophrenia-like behaviors, brain changes and global gene expression in an animal model. The research gives scientists new tools for someday preventing or treating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism.

Animals May Be Able to Predict Earthquakes 3 Weeks in Advance

New study shows dramatic changes in animal behavior before an earthquake

Political Animals

Here’s a must read: Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics by Rick Shenkman “Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral psychology, he explains that evolution has left us with a [...]

What Do Animals Think They See When They Look in the Mirror?

The six horses in a 2002 study were “known weavers.” When stabled alone, they swayed their heads, necks, forequarters, and sometimes their whole bodies from side to side. The behavior is thought to stem from the social frustration brought on by isolation. Show More Summary

'Harvey Beaks': Sunny with a chance of bad behavior

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

At first glance "Harvey Beaks," the new animated series from Nickelodeon, looks like a children's storybook. The lushly painted backgrounds have a real comfort to them, evoking the lighthearted tales of our own youths.

The Limitless Focus Group

When experts want to study animal behavior they don’t go to a zoo, they go to the species’ natural habitat, because that is where they are in their truest form. I believe this is analogous to marketers gathering information from a traditional focus group versus using what I call the Limitless Focus Group of consumers sharing their insights through social media networks.

An Animated Lesson Explaining How Different Parasites Affect the Behavior of Their Victims

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent TED-Ed lesson by Jaap de Roode explains how five different types of parasites affect the behavior of their victims. The lesson looks at the Gordian worm, rabies, Ophiocordyceps, Plasmodium which causes malaria, and Toxoplasma which affects rodents, cats, and possibly even humans.

Monkeys Notice Themselves in Mirror, Immediately Examine Their Genitals

The ongoing saga of whether animals can recognize themselves in mirrors now has an important new data point. Clever research on the topic has found good subjects in primates, which tend to show an uptick in social behavior around mirrors and, in some cases, have the capacity to realize they’re looking at their own reflections. Show More Summary

Undercover Photos Show the Plight of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants

New photographs of some 80 young elephants that are being held in a heavily guarded facility in Zimbabwe suggest that the elephants are under extreme duress, according to an expert familiar with the animals' behavior. The elephants, who were snatched from their families in the wild, are being held in a facility in Hwange National Park. Show More Summary

Fraternities are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

  Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of "Animal House." Despite...Show More Summary

Study Finds Swans Only Other Animals Who Mate For Few Years, Get Scared, End Things, Then Regret It

last monthHumor : The Onion

ATHENS, GA—Revealing how closely the waterfowl’s social behavior resembles that of humans, a study released Thursday by the University of Georgia has found that swans are the only other members of the animal kingdom that mate for a few years,...

Neuroscientists have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice, creating artificial

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Neuroscientists have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice, creating artificial associative memories that persisted while the animals slept and influenced their behavior upon waking. The results, the latest to spring from this burgeoning field of neuroscience, appear this week in Nature Neuroscience. Read more...

Disease poses risk to chimpanzee conservation, study finds

Infectious disease spillover, including from humans to animals, poses risk to the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park, where Jane Goodall began her pioneering behavioral research in 1960.

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