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Who Moved My Garden? Spatial Learning in the Octopus

Say you’re visiting Los Angeles and you have a sudden craving for Chinese food. Since you are only visiting, you might not be aware that nothing is open past, like, 10pm (not even coffee houses), but you get in your rental car and go driving around in search of your Chinese feast anyway.

April 28, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Lost Penguin Chicks Try To Find Their Way Home

King penguins are pretty social animals. Not only do they tend to hang out in a big group, but even within the group, they form little sub-groups; cliques of penguins who like to hang out together.

April 16, 2015 — Felicity Muth
IgNobels 2013! The dung beetle and the stars

IgNobels 2013! The dung beetle and the stars

“Some people think our research is crap.” You might think that a phrase like that from the mouth of a scientist would be followed shortly by a tirade on other scientists who’ve done them wrong, or maybe people who don’t think their grant deserves funding.

September 23, 2013 — Scicurious

Depth Perception Didn’t Evolve for Watching The Avengers in 3D

Our ability to perceive all three dimensions, due in part to having two eyes on the front of our heads with overlapping visual fields, allows us to enjoy 3D summer blockbusters, but may have originally evolved for a simpler purpose: avoiding falling to our deaths.

August 5, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Lost ants backtrack their steps

Think about where you’ve been today, and how you found your way there. As humans, we use different navigational techniques at different times.

October 21, 2013 — Felicity Muth