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Dogs Learn Differently Than Humans
2012-11-23 05:55:02

[ Watch the Video: Familiarization with Word ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Lincoln, UK, have discovered that dogs learn to associate words with objects in different ways than humans do. Human children between the ages of two and three typically learn to associate words with the shapes of objects, rather than their size or texture. If you teach a toddler what a "ball" is and then present them with an array of other...

Mid-Life Crisis Found To Affect Apes Too
2012-11-20 05:10:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Apes, like humans, experience a decline in happiness during middle age, which rebounds as they approach old age, according to a new study that suggests the infamous mid-life crisis may have biological, rather than sociological, roots. Humans across many cultures report a dip in happiness during their late-40s when compared with their life satisfaction during younger and older years. In the current study, an international team...

Researchers Teach Bonobos To Create, Use Tools To Retrieve Food
2012-08-23 09:26:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bonobos have recently had their DNA mapped by scientists, revealing they are much closer genetically to us than previously believed. Perhaps this striking similarity these gentle beasts share with us is no more evident than when it comes to their capability to learn tasks such as learning sign language and creating tools. Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel have found that bonobos can learn to make stone tools just...

2012-07-06 00:47:26

Evolutionary perspective leads to better understanding of controversial economic theory and laws tied to it Groundbreaking new research in the field of "evolutionary analysis in law" not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the endowment effect — which in humans has implications for law — but also shows the effect can be turned on or off for single objects, depending on their immediate situational...

Chimp Plans For The Future
2012-05-11 05:14:23

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A chimpanzee at a Swedish zoo first thought to be a nuisance has now been identified as the first animal of its kind to demonstrate the higher brain function of planning for future events in an attempt to solve a problem. Santino the chimpanzee first achieved international notoriety in 2009 for his ritual of gathering stones to throw at zoo visitors. But his real claim to fame might be the study published in the May 9 edition of PLos ONE, which asserts that...

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2011-12-31 08:50:05

Chimpanzees might be able to determine whether or not their fellow chimps need to hear a specific message, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. According to Guardian Science Correspondent Ian Sample, researchers from the University of St. Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda, observed the creatures selectively sounding a warning call, apparently based on whether or not they...

New Grants Suspended For Chimpanzee Research
2011-12-16 11:01:14

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Thursday suspended all new grants for research on chimpanzees after a panel of independent experts´ nine-month deliberation found that most medical experiments on man´s closest primate relative were unwarranted. The Institute of Medicine noted in a report on the ruling that chimpanzees remain indispensable for biomedical and behavioral research that benefits humans, but only in a small number of circumstances and likely not for long....


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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