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6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)

6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)
Animals may be extremely well-organized and insanely ballsy, but we'll always have one giant advantage over them: our intelligence. Also, cars and rocket launchers and such. But thinking is what makes us human, and thinking means we'll always be the ruling species on this planet, because the rest of those guys are really stupid. Well ... not all of them. So, in our latest attempt to make all of our readers afraid of Mother Nature, we give you ... Alex the Genius Parrot When a parrot says something like "hi", "I love you" or "f@#% off", you obviously assume that it doesn't really know what it's saying -- they're just mimicking human words in the same way that they'd copy the sound of a barking dog, or even (as some parrot owners know) a cell phone ringing. Alex the Parrot was different, though: he could correctly identify 50 different shapes, recognize numbers up to six, distinguish seven colors, and understand qualities such as bigger, smaller, same, and different. Dr. How? Related:  Crazy Animal StuffAnimal IntelligenceNeo Animalia

25 Most Beautiful Animals Photography on StumbleUpon I think the most beautiful pictures are those made in nature. Nothing compares with the expression of a tiger, the majestic flight of an eagle or the strength of a white bear. Below you can see 25 the most beautiful animal photographs that will capture your attention, and were stumbled on StumbleUpon. ACP - Cephalopods “Me Tarzan, you Jane.” If the male cuttlefish could speak, this might be his opening line. Although cuttlefish don’t primarily use sound to communicate, the male still has an opening line, and it might translate to the longer, but conceptually simpler, “Me Tarzan. You Tarzan? No? Must be Jane.” Direct connections from the brains of cephalopods to special muscles allow split-second changes in skin color by relaxing or contracting chromatophores. When not fading into the background, some squid and cuttlefish can create dramatic patterns covering either the whole body or only parts of it. Octopuses remain solitary except when mating, and researchers have so far seen little they would call complex communication. Cuttlefish and squid make great food—not just as sushi, but to several oceanic predators—so they normally blend into the background with a mottled, cryptic color scheme. All the males in a group strut their stuff with a zebra pattern. Squid don’t embrace to mate.

Giving an old bee a youngster's job causes brain rejuvenation Right? I have a terrible, uneducated, sneaking suspicion that the media are confusing the reappearance in old bees of proteins normally found in young bees to the arrival of 'brain rejuvenation' processes. Like looking at a brain scan of a geriatric human being skipping rope who is also looking at a picture of their childhood home and *shock* finding that the same areas of the brain light up as the brain of a seven year-old. Making old people act like they are younger suddenly now *actually makes them younger*... and RESTORES THEIR BRAINS. It's a leap that I'm sure seems negligible to the general public, but couldn't be less scientifically founded. ... just as a cocktail-party example... From the paper: "Sucrose (gustatory) sensitivity and olfactory learning performance were quantified in the laboratory using the proboscis extension response (PER). Heh quite different from a MMSE etc.

Dolphins learn tool-usage from mother Sponge Moms: Dolphins learn tool use from their mothers Susan Milius Bottlenose dolphins that carry sea sponges on their beaks probably learned the trick from their moms rather than inheriting a sponge-shuttling gene, researchers say. LIKE A GLOVE. A female bottlenose dolphin in Shark Bay, Australia, wraps her sensitive beak with a sea sponge. J. The sponges appear to protect the dolphins' beaks during foraging along rugged ocean bottoms, explains Michael Krützen of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The researchers say that the spongers belong almost exclusively to a single maternal lineage, although sponging doesn't follow any of the patterns that would be expected if it were genetically based. "This is an exciting addition to the catalog of what we can be increasingly confident are culturally transmitted forms of tool use in nonhuman populations," comments Andrew Whiten of the University of St. The practice has been difficult to study. References: Krützen, M., et al. 2005.

5 Diabolical Animals That Out-Witted Humans Whether or not humans are the smartest species on the planet really depends on which animals and which humans you base it on. After all, sometimes when people match wits with members of the animal kingdom, it doesn't turn out well for the humans. Mud Creek Grizzly vs. Scientists What's the most badass job in science? Like the other notable smart bear Yogi, the MCG found maiming to be pedestrian, and preferred the more subtle route of professional sabotage. The researchers set up their bear catchi- um, bear research station, complete with traps, bait and cameras. First, he tore down the markers left to show the path to the site--we assume this is because he didn't wish to be disturbed while he wreaked his revenge on his tormentors. Once his work was done, MCG stopped and scanned the crime scene. That's right; our grizzly hero, despite being from a part of the world where surveillance cameras are relatively uncommon, spotted and pulled down the camera and beat the shit out of it. A bear?

This New Finding Explains Why Bees Are Disappearing The secret is out – bees have been disappearing for almost a decade now, and scientists are scrambling to understand why. Some sources relay that the colonies all across the world are vanishing due to pesticides, electromagnetic frequencies, mites, and even GMO crops, but what researches have recently found to be the cause of the bee catastrophe will shock you. According to a recent report in Quartz, a first-of-its-kind study determined that large numbers of bees are dying due to cross-contamination of pollen and various pesticides. “Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. […] Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. What does this study conclude? The authors summarized in their study:

Most intelligent animals in the world Here’s a list of most intelligent animals in the world. The animal listed here is sorted by the level of intelligence. This list can’t be used as a scientific reference as this is just for your information. So If You have other more intelligence animals that should be listed here, please just comment on this post. So Let’s take a look at top 10 most intelligent animals in the world. 10. This species is a member of the genus Portia, kind of spiders and smallest creatures in the list. 9. There are hundreds of species of rats in the whole world. 8. These two animals is mentioned together because both are members of the family Corvidae birds. 7. Border Collie is widely regarded as the most intelligent dog breed in the world. 6. This animal live in the depth of the sea. 5. African gray parrot is a species found in West and Central African rain forest. 4. There are three living species of elephants, African Bush Elephant, African forest elephant and Asian elephant. 3. 2. 1.

Why animals can’t resist touchscreen technology Whether it’s apes, bears or penguins, animals can’t enough of touchscreens, says Jason G Goldman, and it’s revealing intriguing things about their behaviour. Esme, Molly, Quinn, and Emily live together in Austria. Their favourite foods are mushrooms, sweetcorn, and strawberries, and their hobbies include playing games on their touchscreen tablets. Researcher Julia Mueller-Paula and colleagues wanted to see whether the reptiles could learn to complete a spatial cognition test, and to do it they used a computer that could be operated with a touchscreen. All four tortoises learned how to use the touchscreens during the training phase before the experiment started. Tortoises aren't the only ones. In 2012, she wrote in the journal Animal Behaviour that while numerical cognition was perhaps one of the best understood areas of cognitive science, most studies had been conducted with social species: humans, monkeys, dolphins, crows or parrots, for example.

Self-awareness Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.[1] It is not to be confused with consciousness. While consciousness is being aware of one’s environment and body and lifestyle, self-awareness is the recognition of that consciousness.[2] Neurobiological basis[edit] There are questions regarding what part of the brain allows us to be self-aware and how we are biologically programmed to be self- aware. Animals[edit] Studies have been done mainly on primates to test if self-awareness is present. The ‘Red Spot Technique’ created and experimented by Gordon Gallup[6] studies self-awareness in animals (primates). Researchers used the Mark test or Mirror test [12] to study the magpie’s self awareness. A few slight occurrences of behavior towards the magpie's own body happened in the trial with the black mark and the mirror. Psychology[edit] Developmental stages[edit] Level 0: Confusion. [edit]

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