After being knocked out for a week by a flu (don’t procrastinate on those vaccines, like I did) and coming back to a veritable avalanche of new data and (American) Thanksgiving, things are a little busy around here.
So, to keep you busy between carving up turkeys and decorating with gourds, and because I haven’t been prompt about announcing them here, below are links to the five pieces I’ve written thus far for my column over at BBC Future, Uniquely Human, in reverse-chronological order. This might help get you through the long weekend.
Animals regularly make group decisions that directly affect their everyday lives. But without the convenience of machines or ballots, how do they vote?
All cultures enjoy moving to the beat, but we’re beginning to discover we’re not the only ones with rhythm, other animals like to get into the groove.
Animals communicate with each other, and sometimes with us. But that’s where the similarity between animals and us ends, as Jason Goldman explains.
Many species like meerkats school their offspring much like we do. But do they learn lessons like humans?
We know humans find some form of value in guarding or watching the bodies of the deceased, but in the first article for his new column, Jason Goldman explains how we are beginning to discover that animals may have similar needs.
Secrets of the Universe: Past, Present, FutureX