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Insults R Us

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.22.2016 | Science
Nigel Barber

Having passed through an election that was fought, and won, on the basis of insults, the time has come for an epidemiology of the put-down. What is t...

What Does A Fish Know And Feel?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.23.2016 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Most of us would cringe at the thought of ripping a dog's mouth open with a hook. Why don't we cringe when we think about doing this to a fish? Our society not only considers hooking and suffocating fish to be socially acceptable, we celebrate it.

Your Dog May Very Well Hate Hugs, But This 'Study' Didn't Prove It

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science

Dog lovers around the Internet are having a crisis: Science has proven that dogs hate hugs. Just kidding, that didn’t exactly happen. But you’d th...

Beautiful Photos Show Monkey Acting As 'Midwife'

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.20.2016 | Science

Rare photos of golden snub-nosed monkeys in China show that helping each other out during birth is far from a strictly human phenomenon. A Chinese res...

'Moby Dick' May Be More Than Just A Whale Of A Tale

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 04.09.2016 | Science

Debate has swirled for nearly 200 years around whether sperm whales rammed whaling ships with their foreheads to sink them. Director Ron Howard's 2015...

Upside-Down Whale 'Tail-Sails' Off The Coast Of Maui In Incredible Footage

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 03.11.2016 | Science

Turns out, whales like to hang out with their tails out -- and for an incredibly long time. While testing out new drone cameras off the coast of Maui,...

Horses Can Read Human Facial Expressions, New Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Science

Horses are able to distinguish between at least some human facial expressions, suggests a new study by researchers at the U.K.’s University of Susse...

Songbird's Secret Dancing Skills Seen For First Time

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.03.2015 | Science

Want to see some impressive tap dancing? Just watch songbirds woo each other. An international team of researchers recently captured incredible slow-m...

Five Things You Should Do For Your Foster Dog

Katie Grillaert | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Katie Grillaert

I often recommend that people foster before they adopt a dog. The primary benefit belongs to the dog, and it would be foolish to foster without understanding that you begin your adventure with a promise to him that you will do your best to put him first. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.

Here's Why You Should Stop Scaring Your Poor Cats With Cucumbers

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science

The Internet loves scaring cats with cucumbers -- or, at least, watching videos of other people scaring cats with cucumbers. The videos show people pl...

Do Dogs Feel 'Guilty' Like We Do? Here's What The Science Says

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science

Plenty of dog owners have seen their pets make a "guilty face" after doing something wrong. You know the look -- the lowered ears, the ducked head, th...

How to Avoid Future Dog Bite Tragedies

Deirdre S. Franklin | Posted 08.06.2016 | Impact
Deirdre S. Franklin

A loved and family owned dog traditionally does not make headlines. A dog that has shelter, food, training, and care is typically a loyal dog, regardless of the breed into which that dog was born.

What Makes Us Human?

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.09.2016 | Science
Jacqueline Howard

Could the desire to add artistic value to the world be only human? It's a great debate.

Horses Use Their 'Voices' To Convey Their Emotions Just Like Humans Do

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science

What's in a neigh? A lot more than you might think. According to a new study conducted by researchers in Switzerland, a horse's whinny reflects its...

People and Other Animals: It's a Croc (Not!)

Ken White | Posted 05.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I have a three-inch scar on my right forearm from when a caiman (a horribly ignored exotic "pet" I was involved in rescuing) tried to separate that part of my limb from the rest of my body. The scar is now decades old but the memory is fresh.

How Smart Are Elephants?

Quora | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Since Aristotle and long before, people who have been privileged to spend time observing and interacting with elephants have expressed similar sentiments.

Here's More Proof That Dogs Can Totally Read Our Facial Expressions

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.13.2015 | Science

Fluffy really does know what that big grin or frustrated frown on your face means. At least, that's according to a new study that suggests dogs can...

How Can I Get My Cat to Like Me More?

Quora | Posted 03.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul

Many people have trouble with their cats because they don't understand or speak cat language. It's kind of like an English speaker attempting Mandarin but not knowing about tones. You're attempting to say "Hi! I really like you! Let's be friends" but in Cat what you're saying is "Hey you jerk. You'd better stay away or I'll kick your a**."

What Playful Animals Can Teach Us About The Biology Of Fun

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.12.2015 | Science

Play and fun, though seemingly purposeless, are fundamental aspects of the human experience. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that we're wired for ...

Moos Carry A Lot More Meaning Than You Ever Imagined

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

What do cows mean when they moo? Scientists in England have been eavesdropping on "conversations" between cows and their calves to answer that ques...

21 Ways You Know You've Done Your Dog Wrong

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

When I ask a few probing questions, I discover that well-intentioned pet owners have often been influenced by professional dog trainers who market negative reinforcement and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it.

Here's Why Cats Keep Rubbing Against Our Legs

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science

Ever wondered why your cat keeps rubbing against your leg? Or why kitty goes crazy over catnip? Well, you're in luck. A new YouTube video (above) ...

Domestication and a Very Cute Puppy

Zach Dean | Posted 01.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Zach Dean

There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on t...

The Legacy and Tragedy of the Life of Dr. Sophia Yin

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Dr. Sophia Yin, one of the world's most respected and important veterinary behaviorists, committed suicide. She was 48. Dr. Yin was a pioneer in the field of force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training. It would be hard to understate her contribution to the world of humane pet care.

You Don't Have To Root For The Seal When The Shark Gives Chase

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.02.2014 | Science

Predation isn't pretty, and it's hard to root for the predator when the prey is something cute and cuddly, like a little bunny or a baby seal. It all ...