The Surprising, Depressing Reason Why City-Dwelling Robins Sing At Night

Robins aren't naturally nocturnal. But lately, in urban areas, they've been staying up all night singing. Some research has suggested it's due to the fact that cities are so damn loud. But a new study has given weight to another cause: cities are so damn bright, the birds believe it's daytime all the time. » 2/19/15 4:00pm 2/19/15 4:00pm

Crows Are Even Smarter Than We Thought Possible 

We know that crows understand causality, the relationship between cause and effect. We also know they have mad tool skills. Now, a new research collaboration between Moscow State University and the University of Iowa suggests that crows are also capable of analogical thinking, a realm of reasoning thought only… » 2/16/15 10:20am 2/16/15 10:20am

People Are Animals, Too

Tommy the chimpanzee got his day in court on October 8, 2014. He was unable to attend the hearing in 'person' – spending the day, like any other, in a cage in Gloversville, New York. But in an Albany courtroom, Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project argued that Tommy should be considered a person under New York… » 2/14/15 9:05am 2/14/15 9:05am

How Zoos Brought This Ancient Horse Back From The Edge Of Extinction

Until 1996, the ancient horse you see above was designated as extinct in the wild. By 2008, their condition had been upgraded to critically endangered, and today, the IUCN notes that Przewalski's horse population continues to increase. Here's how it happened — and the role zoos played in bringing them back. » 2/12/15 4:20pm 2/12/15 4:20pm