You Can Play This Music For Your Cat (And Your Cat May Actually Like It)

Cats seem pretty apathetic about a lot of things. You might think music is one of them. But according to a new study, it's not that cats don't care about music – it's that they don't care about YOUR music. So what kind of music do cats appreciate? We're so glad you asked. » 3/04/15 3:40pm 3/04/15 3:40pm

Cockatoos Learn To Make Tools By Watching Their Friends

More than fifty years ago, humans were pretty well convinced that they were special, different from the rest of the animal kingdom. That all changed in 1964 when Jane Goodall reported her observations of tool use in chimpanzees. Now we have evidence that Goffin's cockatoos, parrots that don't use tools in the wild,… » 9/03/14 5:23pm 9/03/14 5:23pm

The Alien Brains Living on Planet Earth

To look for aliens, most people peer towards the sky. But if you look down, you'll discover they already live among us. These aliens have brains, like we do, but they're mostly inside their arms, and each arm acts as if it has a mind of its own. » 7/08/14 5:15pm 7/08/14 5:15pm

Scientists Discover How Octopuses Avoid Tying Themselves In Knots

There are many things that make the octopus a strange creature, but one of them is that each of its eight arms has an essentially infinite number of positions, and yet each arm operates independently. How does an octopus keep from tying itself in knots? » 5/15/14 2:28pm 5/15/14 2:28pm

African Bird Steals Food by Stacking Lies Upon Lies

Fork-tailed drongos are among the most clever of liars in the animal kingdom, deceiving other animals in order to steal their food. The avian thieves have discovered a way to keep their targets in the dark. They do it by using lots of different kinds of lies. » 5/02/14 4:44pm 5/02/14 4:44pm

Fish Learn To Use Tools, So Let's Rethink the Definition of Tool Use

When you think of Atlantic cod, you probably think of a strip of fish, battered and fried. But new research suggests that the fish might be able to use tools, and that might cause us to rethink how we evaluate tool use in other animals. » 4/30/14 11:20am 4/30/14 11:20am

Puppy superpower #837: immunity against contagious yawning

Humans, chimps and other primates have all been shown to be susceptible to contagious yawning. Previous research has suggested that dogs are, too, unless — according to newly published findings — that dog is a puppy younger than seven months. » 10/24/12 9:49am 10/24/12 9:49am

Banana-hiding weasels are the rare animals that know about the future

The fact that the future exists is second nature to us, but few animals share our awareness of events yet to happen. So let's meet the tayra, the first animal outside primates and birds to plan for the future. » 8/07/11 7:00am 8/07/11 7:00am

The beadlet anemone has a personality and makes complex decisions...all…

Personality might seem like it's something you can only have if you've got complex, human-like intelligence, but that isn't necessarily the case. In fact, the brainless sea creature Actinia equina reveal distinct personalities in how they respond to threats. » 7/14/11 2:00pm 7/14/11 2:00pm