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Do animals appreciate music?

Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com - @ShayneJacopian In 2001, former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel set out in conjunction with Georgia State University researchers to teach a group of 12 bonobo apes how to play the piano. Did they succeed? At least…

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Why pot gives us the munchies

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck It’s long been known that smoking pot gives people the munchies, but what about marijuana causes this uncontrollable urge to consume mass quantities of junk food? That’s what a team of researchers from Yale…

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Artist uses DNA from discarded items to make life-like busts of strangers

Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As part of a cultural experiment, Chicago-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has created sculptures of strangers using DNA found in New York City for her project, “Stranger Visions.” Combing the streets, alleys, and…

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Video: Tortoise helps friend in need

Christopher Pilny for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In one of the more heart-warming animal videos of the year, a tortoise at the Taipei Zoo helped his habitat-mate get back on his/her feet. Somehow this restored our faith in humanity.…

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Artificial Intelligence Could Help Keep You From Embarrassing Yourself On Facebook

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Good news for those who tend to post drunken selfies: Facebook is reportedly developing an advanced AI program that can detect when people attempt to post pictures in which they are inebriated…

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Monkeying Around With Math – Dopamine Plays A Role In Cognitive Reasoning

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dopamine is probably best known as the neurotransmitter that brings us happiness, contentment or pleasure, but a new study from researchers at the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Neurobiology in Germany has…

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Human Brain Cells Implanted To Create Intelligent Supermouse

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online “Are you a man or a mouse?” In the future, the answer may not be quite so easy. Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York have blurred the…

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90-Year-Old ‘Ghost Ship’ Discovered Off Hawaii

Provided by Marcie Grabowski, University of Hawaii at Manoa Researchers from the University of Hawai'i (UH) and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today announced the discovery of an intact "ghost ship" in 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles…

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UPDATE: Brains Missing From UT Campus – Are They REALLY Missing?

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: December 3, 2014 (12:50 p.m. CST) Sam Machkovech of ArsTechnica reports that last month's photo-heavy book Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital, is behind the news frenzy…

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Our Ancestors Were Getting Drunk 10 Million Years Ago

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Predominant theories have man harnessing the power of fermentation and beginning to consume alcohol around 9,000 years ago, but according to a new study – our capacity to metabolize alcohol popped up…