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March 24, 2014

 

Black and white photo of a ventriloquist's dummy talking to a Chimpanzee

Are Chimps Self-Aware?

The jury is still out on whether or not chimps are self-aware. Actually, the same goes for young children.

August 12, 2013

 

A bottlenose dolphin leaps from the water.

Signature Whistles: Do Dolphins Have Names?

Scientists have found new evidence that bottlenose dolphins may address each other by name.

August 1, 2013

 

A male tungara frog (Engystomops_pustulosus) emits its mating call.

For The Tungara Frog, Two Cues Are Better Than One

Mate selection is tricky business. Here's how one amphibian merges two senses to narrow down its options.

October 22, 2010

 

A profile of a leopard hiding in the grass

Why The Leopard Got Its Spots

Leopards are famous for having a spotted coat. What's cool is that there is science involved with their coat markings and patterns.

December 28, 2009

 

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Evolution In Action

Why did rainforests evolve so much more diversity than other parts of the globe?

February 8, 2006

 

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Dogs versus Wolves

I'm not saying dogs weren't intelligent creatures in their distant past, before they were domesticated, but now wolves are much smarter than dogs.

February 17, 2005

 

Why Did the Proto-chicken Cross the Road?

Very few people actually sit down and make up jokes, yet everyone is always telling jokes. Where do they come from? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 2, 2004

 

Green fungi growing on a tree

Fungi

Fungi: Plant, Animal, or Neither? The answer may surprise you.

September 27, 2003

 

Animal Scandals

Females also mate with more than one partner. Apparently doing this enables females to find partners with better genes or who are better providers.

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