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Mockingbirds quickly recognize repeat human intruders

People may have a tough time telling one squawking bird from another. Mockingbirds, on the other hand, quickly learn which humans to watch.

"Mockingbirds certainly do not view all humans as equal," Doug Levey, lead author of a study of published this week in Proceedings of the National of Sciences , said in a statement...

May 19, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Monkey see; Monkey regret

Who hasn’t felt a pang over the path not taken, the door not picked, or the bet not placed?

Humans apparently aren’t alone in feeling regret.

May 14, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Drug company swag sways med students

Can something as small as the logo on a pen sway a doctor to write a prescription for one drug over another? You bet. Medical students, at least, fall prey to the influence of drug company trinkets, says a study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine ...

May 11, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Mystery solved: Polo ponies probably died of selenium overdose

The 21 polo ponies that dropped dead at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., eleven days ago most likely succumbed to an overdose of selenium, used to help muscles recover after strenuous exercise, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reported...

April 30, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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