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Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?

November 5, 2013 — Julie Hecht

How Specific Are The Social Skills of Dogs?

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally.

June 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
Aiming Too High (Or Too Low) When Communicating Science

Aiming Too High (Or Too Low) When Communicating Science

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a workshop for researchers about communicating science to the public. At one point the speaker suggested that the first step for anyone would be to learn how to translate scientific concepts so that a child would be able to understand them.

January 27, 2015 — Amanda Baker
Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimpanzees have a lot to gain from climbing the social ladder. It now appears that lower-ranking male chimps strengthen bonds with their friends in high places by alerting them to some good eats.

December 20, 2013 — Cynthia McKelvey
The Dark Side of Power Posing: Cape or Kryptonite?

The Dark Side of Power Posing: Cape or Kryptonite?

In 1942, the mild mannered Clark Kent excused himself from his friend Lois Lane to take an important call. Clark slipped into a phone booth (remember those?), and moments later Superman emerged.

November 21, 2013 — Jay Van Bavel

El mono ve y el mono habla

Científicos usan el lenguaje y la lógica para traducir los sonidos de los monos al inglés y desarrollar reglas lingüísticas para dialectos de primates.

January 6, 2015

Do Words Match Deeds for WhatsApp CEO?

Before Jan Koum sold his company, WhatsApp, to Facebook for a mind-numbing $19 billion, he had a Post-It note affixed to his deskput there by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Actonthat set out the companys philosophy: No ads, no games, no gimmicks.

February 22, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Read the Thoughts of a Boy with Autism

Read the Thoughts of a Boy with Autism

Reprinted with permission from, an editorially independent division of the Simons Foundation. (Find original story here.) The autism described in The Reason I Jump is quite different from the mostly social disorder that I, as a researcher and clinician, find in textbooks and journal articles.

November 20, 2013 — William Mandy

Giant Birds and Terrified Monkeys

The Harpy Eagle ( Harpia harpyja ) is a nasty scary-looking muppethugging monster of a carnivorous bird. Female harpies weigh 14-20 pounds, and males weigh 8.5-12 pounds.

May 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

The 1962 cartoon series The Jetsons featured a futuristic nuclear family: father George, mother Jane, and their offspring, Elroy and Judy. In the very first episode, we learn about the Jetson family’s purchase of a housecleaning robot named Rosey.

September 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

7 Things You Didn't Know About Red Pandas

Here’s one thing you already knew: red pandas are adorable. While they’re not domesticated and therefore are probably not suitable as pets, some people keep them as pets anyway – especially in Nepal and India – and upload their adorable hijinks to the internet for the world to see.

January 16, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
The Psychology of Sexting

The Psychology of Sexting

For those of us old enough to remember the deluge of “A/S/L?” messages that predominated the chatroom landscape of the nineties, sexting hardly seems that scandalous.

August 27, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

Monkey See, Monkey Speak

Scientists use language and logic to translate monkey sounds into English and develop linguistic rules for primate dialects.

December 19, 2014 — Joshua A. Krisch

Elephants Say “Bee-ware!”

What information is contained in the call of a mammal? Some calls might reflect the internal emotional state of the animal, like fear or anxiety, or they can refer to an external object, agent, or event, like the presence of a predator.

April 29, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner