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The belligerence of breeding: female aggression after mating

Sex changes us. In addition to the overwhelming Puberty-Blues kind of way, sex induces physical changes that occur across the entire animal kingdom, from elephants to fruit flies. Yet, there's one glaring aspect of sex that few scientists have studied - female aggression. That's where... global.click_to_read

  • Eleanor Bath | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK.
Views 873
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 1, 2017
‘Laughing’ together: bridging avian-mammalian differences

We like animals that we perceive as being similar to ourselves. It is not a coincidence that those animals that humans consider similar to them in terms of appearance, intelligence and/or sociality, also enjoy the highest levels of protection in modern societies (for example primates,... global.click_to_read

  • Raoul Schwing | Professor at Messerli Research Institute, Comparative Cognition, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna), Vienna, Austria
  • Amelia Wein | PhD student at Messerli Research Institute, Comparative Cognition, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna), Vienna, Austria
Views 119
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 17, 2017
Saving the injured: The value of rescued veterans in a predatory ant species

In general, we imagine ants as little pieces of something bigger, with the value of the individual being marginal, even sacrificing themselves if necessary for the good of the colony. Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) are a specialized termite predator of sub-Saharan Africa. In the early... global.click_to_read

  • Erik Frank | PhD student at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocentre, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany
Views 90
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 25, 2017
“Who is really, really smart?” Early differences in boys’ and girls’ assumptions about intelligence

Common stereotypes associate brilliance with men more than women. Evidence for this association is everywhere around us, but maybe easiest to detect in portrayals of brilliance and genius on TV and in the movies. The vast majority of characters that are supposed to be brilliant,... global.click_to_read

  • Lin Bian | PhD student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
Views 202
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 6, 2017
Our internal fight against loneliness

"A guy needs somebody -- to be near him... A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody."
Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck. As social creatures, all aspects of our daily lives are powerfully shaped by our social experiences. The social bonds that we... global.click_to_read

  • Gillian Matthews | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simons Center for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 9, 2017