It’s amazing how much you can learn about an animal’s mind by a simply watching it. Video 1: Gratuitous video of octopuses never hurt anyone.
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.
Haversine? Exsecant? An introduction to obsolete trig functions and why we don't use them anymore
“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.
Are birds' migration routes mainly the result of instinct or do they need practice, learning, and experience? New research on endangered whooping cranes suggests that social learning plays a critical role.
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.
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.
Zen recently wrote mentioned this study on his blog, so I thought it was time to dredge it out of the archives. Also, I’ve just returned from APS (see my daily recaps here here and here), and I am TIRED.
Think about where you’ve been today, and how you found your way there. As humans, we use different navigational techniques at different times.