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2009-05-21 06:25:00

With the help of a device called a hydrophone, a group of researchers has recorded the voices of endangered North Atlantic right whales in a region where they were thought to be extinct. The team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explained that the discovery is particularly significant because the whales are in an area that may soon be open to oceanic shipping vessels if the polar ice cap continues to melt. The group presented...

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2009-05-18 13:20:00

A national park in Borneo Island, which is home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, has been partially turned into a development zone complete with an airport and brothels, The AFP reported.The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said in a statement that almost 600 of the longhaired apes have disappeared from Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan province, over the past seven years of unchecked construction.Hardi Baktiantoro from the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) told AFP that...

2009-05-11 15:00:23

An orangutan that escaped from its enclosure at an Australian zoo used a tree branch to evade the electric fence around its enclosure, witnesses said. Adelaide Zoo visitors said the 27-year-old orangutan returned to its enclosure after failing to make it past a second fence, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. It was amazing how he did it, because he actually got a branch, pulled it over the electric fence and then got over, witness Ryan Johnston, 11, said of the animal's...

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2009-04-30 14:45:44

Two recently published studies show that some birds, parrots in particular, can "dance" to a musical beat. The reports, published online on April 30th in Current Biology, reveal that birds can also bob their heads, tap their feet, and sway their bodies along to a musical beat. Researchers said the findings show that a very basic aspect of the human response to music is shared with other species. "We've discovered a cockatoo [named Snowball] that dances to the beat of human music," said...

2009-02-28 13:07:10

A former firefighter in Maryland rendered mute by a car accident says a pair of talkative pet parrots helped him regain his speech. Brian Wilson of Damascus, Md., gives credit to the birds for their determination to keep talking to him, eventually prompting his damaged brain to respond in kind. In gratitude, Wilson says he has since rescued about 80 exotic birds, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. Head injuries suffered in the accident 14 years ago caused doctors to say he would never...

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2009-02-01 14:35:41

Chimpanzees are famous for their aptitude in mimicking human behavior. Now scientists have announced that baby chimps' mental development may be more advanced than human infants. At only nine months old, the animals are as inquisitive and accomplished at recognizing parent figures as the average baby. The scientists who headed the project believe that their findings create important evidence that chimpanzees, like humans, flourish with social interaction. The more one on one their contact...

2008-12-30 07:51:00

CUMBRIA, England and FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, December 30 /PRNewswire/ -- - Key Words: Dolphin, Cetacean, Acoustics, Holography, Language, CymaScope In an important breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language, researchers in Great Britain and the United States have imaged the first high definition imprints that dolphin sounds make in water. The key to this technique is the CymaScope, a new instrument that reveals detailed structures within sounds, allowing their...

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2008-12-25 08:30:00

Scientists have discovered that orangutans can help each other get food by trading tokens, but only if the help is mutual.It seems orangutans can learn the value of tokens and trade them, helping each other win bananas, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews.This is the first documented evidence of "calculated reciprocity" in non-human primates. Gorillas and chimpanzees were much less willing to co-operate, researchers said.In particular, two orangutans - Bim and Dok - who...

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2008-12-11 12:50:00

Throughout history, human beings have used the whistle for everything from hailing a cab to carrying a tune. Now, an orangutan's spontaneous whistling is providing scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa new insights into the evolution of speech and learning. In a paper published this month in Primates, an international journal of primatology that provides a forum on all aspects of primates in relation to humans and other animals, Great Ape Trust scientist Dr. Serge Wich and his colleagues...

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2008-10-10 13:15:00

During the World Conservation Congress, Indonesian authorities and the conservation group WWF agreed to a deal that aims to end the loss of forests and species in Sumatra. Sumatra is home to many iconic species such as tigers, orangutans, rhinoceros and elephants. Over the last 20 years, the region has lost about half of its forest cover due to illegal forest clearance caused by floods and forest fires. The need to deal with these issues appears to have played a big part in persuading the...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.