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Chimpanzees Help, But Only When Asked

Chimpanzees have a bad reputation. Maybe it's because humans have a thing about wanting to feel unique among primates. Some have argued that humans are the only species that truly behaves altruistically, the only species that actively helps out other individuals even when there is no direct benefit...

February 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

#SciAmBlogs Friday - health insurance, home microbiome, LEED buildings on campus, Social Media Week, local climate change, and more

Have a great weekend!- Kevin Zelnio - Trying to Catch His Breath With a Hole-Ridden Safety Net (and then, once you read this, also go here: #IAmUninsured: An #IAmScience Story) - Jennifer Frazer - The Wild Life of My Doorsill - Ellen Berry - Guest Post: 20 US Higher-Education Buildings Earn LEED Platinum in 2011 - Scicurious - Friday Weird Science: Sssnakes can ssmell your menssstrual ssecretionsss - Krystal D'Costa - Social Media Week Returns to a City Near You: February 13th – 17th, 2012 - Joanne Manaster - Science for Grown-ups in Chicago - David Biello - Farmers May Have Kicked Off Local Climate Change 3,500 Years Ago - Larry Greenemeier - Iran Government Suspected in Cutting Off Internet to Quell Protests =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFFebruary 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

An Archival Treasure: Singing Mice

The recent talk of ultrasonic tarsiers reminded me of a post I wrote a couple years ago. You see, tarsiers aren't the only animal to communicate at a sound frequency beyond the level of human hearing: mice do as well...

February 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Tiny, Tree-Dwelling Primate Called Tarsier Sends and Receives Ultrasonic Calls

Let's be honest: tarsiers look odd. Among the smallest of all primates, most species of tarsier would fit easily in the palm of your hand. They have long, slender, largely hairless tails and elongated fingers with knobby knuckles and mushroom-cap finger pads.To fully confront the tarsier's bizarre anatomy, you must stare it in the face...

February 8, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

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