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2014-10-02 07:00:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As Apple has reminded us recently, when a new device comes out – many people in our culture scramble to start using it right away. That phenomenon – of a new tool spreading around within a group – has now been seen in chimpanzees for the first time. According to a new report in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers were able to observe the spread of two novel tool-use behaviors among a Sonso chimpanzee community living in Uganda....

2014-06-18 11:22:57

Springer Review of mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia, in a review article in Springer’s journal Animal Cognition. The research notes that fish cognition and their sensory perception are generally on par with that of other animals. Brown therefore argues that more...

2014-06-17 16:23:33

New Journal Article Concludes: "Fish Perception and Cognitive Abilities Often Match or Exceed Other Vertebrates." NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a paper that will be published in the next issue of the esteemed journal Animal Cognition, "fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates." In fact, "fish have a high degree of behavioural plasticity and compare favourably to humans and other terrestrial vertebrates across a range of...

2014-04-02 12:35:10

Study finds pigeons and other animals can place everyday things in categories like humans Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren't the only ones up to the task. According to researchers at the University of Iowa, pigeons share our ability to place everyday things in categories. And, like people, they can hone in on visual information that is...

Chimps Use Gestures When Searching For Food
2014-01-18 05:28:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are able to communicate with gestures to search for a piece of food, according to a study appearing in the January 16 edition of the journal Nature Communications. Dr. Charles Menzel of the Georgia State University Language Research Center and colleagues examined a pair of language-trained chimps as they communicated with a human researcher in an attempt to locate food. They found “compelling evidence” that the...

Bird Brain Map Gets Major Revisions
2013-09-18 08:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using state-of-the-art genetic and diagnostic tools, researchers from Duke University and the University of California, San Diego have re-contextualized the map of the avian brain, as described to two separate papers published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. The researchers noted many similarities between the avian brain and mammalian brain – leading them to conclude that all vertebrates have more in common with respect to...

2013-09-05 23:20:21

Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S. laboratory, is pleased to announce two new residents, Tatu and Loulis. As infants, the chimpanzees acquired American Sign Language and continued in sign language studies at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) at Central Washington University. Chambly, QC (PRWEB) September 05, 2013 Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S....

Bird Brain Wiring Similar To Human Brain
2013-07-17 11:48:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Calling someone a 'bird brain' is usually intended as an insult, but researchers from Imperial College London have discovered that human and avian brains aren't so different after all. Professor Murray Shanahan of the university's Department of Computing and his colleagues have developed the first-ever map of a typical bird's brain, demonstrating how different areas are interconnected in order to process information. By...

String Task Teaches Pigeons To Peck At Virtual Dishes
2013-05-29 16:03:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A cursory examination of any pigeon´s behavior might suggest that the birds peck randomly at things that may or may not be there. However, a new study from a group of American and Japanese researchers showed that pigeons could learn to peck intelligently at a virtual food dish. The study was based on the "string task," a tried-and-true intelligence test that involves attaching a treat to one of two strings and seeing if the...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin