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Crafty Cockatoos Make Custom Tools to Reach Sweet, Sweet Nuts

Cockatoos have once again demonstrated that birds have surprisingly advanced toolmaking abilities – particularly when delicious cashews are involved. Read More >>

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These Crows Are More Clever Than Non-Human Apes When It Comes to Building Compound Tools

Let’s say there is a fifty-pound note wedged behind a bookshelf just beyond your reach, and beside the shelf is a Meccano set. Even a toddler could probably snap together a few of the pieces to fish the note out. But what about an animal? One especially smart crow species seems to have figured out this problem on its own. Read More >>

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Horses Can Use Symbols to Communicate Their Desires

By using a message board with three icons, scientists have shown that horses can use symbolic language to convey their preferences. They now join an elite group of animals that exhibit communications once thought exclusive to humans. Others in the group include primates, dolphins, and pigeons. Read More >>

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How Migrating Birds Can Soar To Such Great Heights

Migratory birds can glide over very long distances with minimal wing-flapping, thanks to their strategic use of rising warm air currents. A new study has found that the birds use two basic sensory cues, combined with reinforcement learning algorithms (RLA), to navigate this turbulent environment. Read More >>

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Your Cat Can Grasp Some Basic Laws of Physics

Every doting cat owner will attest to the innate intelligence of their beloved pet, and now Japanese scientists say they have evidence that felines have a rudimentary grasp of cause and effect. They described their results in a new paper in Animal Cognition. Read More >>