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How animals vote to make group decisions

Today we opt for ballot boxes but humans have used numerous ways of voting to have their say throughout history. However, we're not the only ones living (or seeking to live) in a democratic society: a new study has suggested that African wild dogs vote to make group decisions.

Adopt-a-Barn-Cat Followup

Every spring and fall during migration fallouts, a great many warblers end up grounded for a few days. Last week I talked about an Adopt a Barn Cat program from Animal Allies, the humane society here in Duluth. I’ve long been a supporter of Animal Allies, which works tirelessly to find homes for dogs and cats in Duluth. Show More Summary

Decision-making: the Role of Neuronal Crowdsourcing

Decision-making, in most cases, is not a straightforward process. Facing contradictory facts and opinions, people often struggle to decide on the best way forward when a complicated problem needs to be solved. In human society, we eventually rely on two methods of decision-making: we can follow the will of the majority, or we can delegate […]

Sugary secrets of a cancer-related protein

(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Proteins in human cells are decorated with different types of sugars, a phenomenon called glycosylation. These modifications greatly increase the diversity of protein structure and function, affecting how proteins fold, how they behave, and where they go in cells. Show More Summary

Former Humane Society director arrested for animal cruelty

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Authorities in Georgia arrested the former director of the Albany Humane Society on a charge of animal cruelty. Andy Sartiano, 54, was arrested Wednesday morning after being accused of giving an employee orders to break a cat’s neck as a form of euthanasia, according to WALB. According to Dianne Barlow, president of the Albany Humane...

HEALTH: Study finds low-level radiation less harmful than other risks. “The study, published today…

HEALTH: Study finds low-level radiation less harmful than other risks. “The study, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, showed that the overall risk to human health from low-level radiation exposure is small, especially when compared with general risks such as obesity, smoking and air pollution.”

Kitten, discarded in Menlo Park dumpster 'like trash,' seeks home

A three-month-old kitten discarded in a Menlo Park gas station dumpster is in need of a home, says the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

5 Mindsets to Bring Positive Change Across Society

To contribute to human progress, it is not enough to be intelligent, resourceful, or well-connected. Those are all factors that play a significant role but aren’t the true driving forces of disruptive innovation. Stimulating positive change at civilization level also requires certain mindsets and ways of thinking. Here are five mindsets that will allow us […]

E-cigarettes linked to increased arterial stiffness, blood pressure and heart rate in humans

(European Lung Foundation) New research, to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, has shown for the first time that e-cigarettes with nicotine cause a stiffening of the arteries in humans. This hasShow More Summary

The Rise of Atomic Humanism: New at Reason

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"Only nuclear can lift all humans out of poverty while saving the natural environment," Michael Shellenberger said in his keynote address at the June meeting of the American Nuclear Society. "Nothing else—not coal, not solar, not geo-engineering—can...Show More Summary

The Rise of Atomic Humanism

last weekNews : Reason

"Only nuclear can lift all humans out of poverty while saving the natural environment," Michael Shellenberger said in his keynote address at the June meeting of the American Nuclear Society. "Nothing else—not coal, not solar, not geo-engineering—can...Show More Summary

Fleeing Hurricane Irma, 152 Shelter Pets Seek Bay Area Homes

Adoption fees will be waved at the Berkeley Humane Society in an effort to swiftly find these pets new homes. [ more › ]

Donating to help needy animals

A friend recently told me that a local wildlife center welcomed donations of Beanie Babies and other such small stuffed animals because baby raccoons and other small animals like to cuddle with them. Your local humane society, animal shelter, or … Continued Post written by Jeri Dansky

Hawaii Considers Universal Basic Income

On the one hand, it’s a great thing.  Robots taking over jobs that humans would rather not do. The problem?  Our society is built around the job.  And as the jobs become more scarce, it’s less and less clear what we should do about structuring our economy and livelihoods. Show More Summary

Etosis phenomenon discovered in human blood monocytes

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) A recent study published online in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology found the first clear demonstration of etosis in human blood monocytes, a type of immune cell.

The power of society: Scientists propose new area of study in energy generation

(Chinese Association of Automation) The growth of humanity is limited by our tools. Each era of human development, from caves to the Industrial Revolution to sending Curiosity to Mars, is marked by technological evolution. A collaborative...Show More Summary

Photos: Adopt One of These Hurricane Pups from the Humane Society

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sydney Brownstone SHUT THE FRONT DOOR Humane Society Fifty-five pups are currently en route via airplane from San Antonio, Texas, to Seattle in order to make space in Texas shelters for hurricane rescues. If you've been thinking about...Show More Summary

Sixth mass extinction on Earth is driven by industrial farming, says leading academic

Earth is presently experiencing its sixth “mass extinction,” and humans are largely to blame, says a leading academic. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Professor Patel of the...Show More Summary

HPV vaccination rates especially low among childhood cancer survivors

(American Society of Clinical Oncology) The rate of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in the United States is increasing, but remains lower than ideal. A new study suggests that survivors of childhood cancer receive the HPV vaccine at an even lower rate than their peers without cancer -- 24 percent versus 40 percent. Show More Summary

Partnering with soil microbes essential to plant and animal life

(American Society of Agronomy) Soils can be extraordinarily biodiverse and differ widely in the kinds of microbial communities that inhabit them. Without a vibrant soil microbial community, humans would not be able to depend on soil for food and other ecosystem services. Show More Summary

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