science
A Deceptively Simple Test Just Taught Us Something New About Elephant Intelligence

It’s hard to know how smart animals are for the simple reason that they’re not able to come right out and tell us. Scientists have developed various methods over the years to assess animal intelligence, but a simple new body-awareness test involving elephants may be a promising new tool to add to the arsenal. Read More >>

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Why Scientists Think This Silly Bird Can’t Stop Looking at Its Reflection

We all like to admire ourselves in the mirror from time to time, but there’s a bird in Australia that seems to have developed a rather unhealthy fixation, gazing upon its reflection for hours on end while seemingly oblivious to its surroundings. It’s pretty funny, but should we be worried about this fine feathered fellow? 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 >>