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Latest Mobbing Stories

2014-02-10 11:05:48

When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is “Eww,” but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think “Aww.” Why some animals use noxious scents while others live in social groups to defend themselves against predators is the question that biologists Tim Caro of the University of California, Davis and Theodore Stankowich of California State University, Long Beach  and sought to answer through a comprehensive analysis of predator-prey interactions among...

Tamarin Monkeys Whisper
2013-09-26 13:42:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like victims hiding in the closet from a robber, a group of cotton-top tamarin monkeys whisper to each other in the presence of a potential threat. In a new report published in the journal Zoo Biology, researchers say they witnessed how cotton-top tamarins at the Central Park Zoo in New York lowered the volume of their vocalizations when they feared a predator was nearby. The team said they conducted an experiment to determine...

Wildlife Critters Inspire Scientists To Build Deceptive Robots
2012-12-04 12:36:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have used the deceptive behavior patterns of squirrels and birds to develop robots that are able to deceive each other. Professor Ronald Arkin, who led the study, suggests the applications could be implemented by the military in the future. Arkin and his team reviewed biological research results to learn that squirrels gather acorns and store them in specific locations. The...

2009-06-10 14:09:55

Swedish scientists have discovered Siberian jay birds use more than a dozen different calls to communicate danger and predator category to other birds. The researchers said most prey immediately escape upon detecting a predator. However, when encountering resting predators, some prey approach and mob the predators despite any associated risk. And, while mobbing predators, the prey utter mobbing calls that have been suggested to vary depending on risk or predator category. The new study from...

2009-06-04 10:08:51

Although it is a relatively widespread phenomenon, the experts have still not been able to come up with an all-encompassing and precise definition of workplace abuse or bullying. Basing their work on previous literature, David González, of the High Court of Justice of Madrid and Jos© Luís Graña, of the Faculty of Psychology at the Complutense University, have defined it in their study as a "process of systematic and repeated aggression by a...

2009-03-24 20:19:32

An employer chiding a worker so loudly co-workers can hear the incident amounts to mobbing, and is illegal, an Italian court ruled Tuesday. ANSA reported that Italy's highest court of appeal ordered a Milan company to pay damages to a 12-year employee subjected to continuous and excessive reprimands for months before being fired. The Italian news service said mobbing generally refers to the collective bullying of workers by co-workers. ANSA noted that last week the Cassation Court said it was...

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2005-06-23 13:45:00

There's more than meets the human ear when the black-capped chickadee lets its flock mates know a predator is lurking about by giving out its familiar "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call. The small songbirds, which are common throughout much of North America, use that signature call in a wide variety of social interactions including warning of predators. And it turns out that those alarms are far more subtle and information-packed than scientists previously imagined. Writing in the current issue of...