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This Cockatiel Can Sing an Apple Ringtone Perfectly and It’s Freaking Us Out

A video of a cockatiel singing a famous ringtone melody has us wondering why these birds are so good at mimicking sounds they wouldn’t normally hear in their natural environment. Come to think of it, why are these feathered impersonators such copycats in the first place? Read More >>

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How the Dragonfly’s Surprisingly Complex Brain Makes it a Deadly Hunter

Like a baseball player running to make a catch, dragonflies are also capable of predicting the trajectory of a moving object, typically its next meal. New research is revealing the mechanisms behind this complex cognitive task, which was once thought to be exclusive to mammals. It’s hoped that these insights will lead to innovations in robot vision. Read More >>

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These Finches Have a Brilliant Strategy For Fighting Off Ticks

Everyone is talking about ticks this year, for good reason: this year’s tick forecast is especially bad. But humans aren’t the only ones worried about the horrible little buggers. It seems like at least one bird species safeguards its nests against ticks with a surprising piece of litter. Cigarette butts. Read More >>

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Monkeys Learn to Pass a Classic Test For Self-Awareness

The ability to look into a mirror and recognise oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test”, suggesting that more species may be self-aware than previously thought. It’s a fascinating result, but one that shows how far we are from being able to accurate gauge consciousness in another animal. Read More >>

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Grown-Up Dogs Don’t Care About Your Stupid Baby Talk

You know that thing you do where you talk to your dog like it’s a baby? New research shows that puppies respond well to this silly form of speech, but older dogs couldn't give a crap. So, stop doing it when your dog grows up. Read More >>

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Your Dog Remembers All Those Awful Things You Did

Ever wonder if your dog recalls those times you were were a really shitty owner? The latest science shows they most certainly do. Read More >>

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Desperate Whale Calf Tries to Free Its Mother From a Sandbank

Unbelievable footage from Australia shows a whale calf as it desperately tries to free its mother from a sandbank. 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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Dogs Can Tell When You Don’t Really Mean What You Say

By scanning the brains of dogs, researchers from Hungary have learned that our canine companions don’t just care about what we say, it’s also very important about how how we say it. Which means they can tell when you’re feeding them a load of lies. Read More >>

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Fish Can Recognise Faces, So Stop Flushing Them Down the Toilet

We don’t usually think of fish as being particularly smart, but a new experiment reveals that at least one species of tropical fish is capable of distinguishing between human faces. Scientists have never seen fish do this before, and it’s changing our understanding of these creatures and how brains work. Read More >>

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Watch Out Humans, Manta Rays May Be Self-Aware

Very few animals are capable of recognising themselves in the mirror. New research suggests that manta rays are capable of this unique cognitive feat—a possible sign that these fish are self-aware. Read More >>

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Watch a Genius Crow Solve Eight Complex Puzzles in Perfect Order

Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here's a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it'll be a world's first. Spoiler: he figures it out. Read More >>