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Animals that amaze | TED Playlists | TED

Animals that amaze | TED Playlists | TED | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Apes that write! Shrimp that kick! Octopi that disappear! These speakers show their obsessions with weird wild species of all sizes.
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon

Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Primatologist Frans de Waal will share his research findings on socially positive behaviors in animals and humans in his lecture “The Evolution of Connectivity: Empathy, Altruism, and Primate Social Skills.”



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What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.


But what if we descend not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor but from an empathic bonobo-like ape?


The bonobo’s body proportions—its long legs and narrow shoulders, even its grasping feet—seem to perfectly fit the descriptions of Ardi, as do its relatively small canines.


Why was the bonobo overlooked? What if the chimpanzee, instead of being an ancestral prototype, is in fact a violent outlier in an otherwise relatively peaceful lineage? Ardi is telling us something, and there may exist little agreement about what she is saying, but why do I always hear the drums of war while listening to evolutionary scenarios. This has been going on unabated since Konrad Lorenz and Robert Ardrey.


By Frans de Waal 


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Man's Best Friend Can Tell When You're Lying: How A Dog’s Trust Can Be Betrayed

Man's Best Friend Can Tell When You're Lying: How A Dog’s Trust Can Be Betrayed | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs have evolved such a sophisticated relationship with humans, they can now tell when we're lying.
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(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion

(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Video: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/11181428/teen-boys-train-puppies-to-gain-empathy 

More than 10 years ago, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary teamed up with St. Paul schools for a once a week program paired up with adult dogs. They jumped at the chance for the boys to learn to patiently train puppies.

Within just five weeks no one can ignore the difference. The boys were showing empathy and compassion translating to better results in their 6 hours of daily class time. Love and gentle nature are often not encouraged or even safe on the streets.


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Video: ScienceTake | Hawk Cam Captures the Hunt

Video: ScienceTake | Hawk Cam Captures the Hunt | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Thanks to a helmet camera, researchers discovered that a goshawk mixes its methods of chasing its prey.
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"The Last Orangutan Eden" ~ Full Episode

"The Last Orangutan Eden" ~ Full Episode | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

                                           A LOVELY WATCH

                     "THE LAST ORANGUTAN EDEN" (53:10)

                                               PBSNature

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans. Asia’s most intelligent ape once roamed across the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, but today, fewer than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild. The film cites rapid deforestation — clearing the land for vast palm oil plantations — as the chief reason for the species’ declining population.

But as Morgan shows, conservationists are trying to reverse that trend by teaching orphaned orangutans the survival skills they’ll need for release back into the jungle. He also accompanies researchers deep into a remote and protected peat swamp forest to study wild orangutans up close to learn about their culture and behavior.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/last-orangutan-eden-full-episode/11657/


                                            PLANET PALM OIL

                        The Bait and Switch of Palm Oil Giants

                                          http://sco.lt/9KfyXB


May 25, 2013 The Observer

▶  SUMATRAN RAINFOREST WILL MOSTLY DISAPPEAR WITHIN 20 YEARS WITH ALL LIFE WITHIN IT http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/sumatra-borneo-deforestation-tigers-palm-oil


DO YOUR COOKIES AND SHAMPOO CONTAIN "DEFORESTATION"? http://sco.lt/5Ch8S1


▶  INDONESIA LOST 8.8m ha OF FOREST IN THE 2000's, GENERATING SEVEN BILLION TONS OF CO2 http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3579095895/indonesia-lost-8-8m-ha-of-forest-in-the-2000s-generating-7-billion-tons-of-co2



▶  “SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1



▶  MAJOR PALM OIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE, BREAKING ETHICAL PROMISES IN ASIA AND AFRICA -- INDONESIA IS THE WORST http://sco.lt/7DsLLd




                                                      WATCH 


                                                       CNN

                      MISSION TO SAVE SUMATRA'S RAINFOREST


                                       "EXPEDITION: SUMATRA"

An eight-part program with our Special Correspondent Philippe Cousteau who explores the Sumatran rainforest and its animal sanctuaries. http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/environment/



                                                ---- WATCH ----

    INDIGENOUS AND THEIR FORESTS DESTROYED IN SARAWAK,

              MALAYSIA AS TOP LEVEL CORRUPTION REVEALED

                                          http://sco.lt/5Y6uUT

 

July 17, 2013 Mongabay
▶  80% OF RAINFORESTS IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO LOGGED - ALONG WITH ALL LIFE WITHIN IT http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0717-borneo-rainforest-logging.html



▶  RAREST GORILLAS LOSE HALF THEIR HABITAT IN 20 YEARS  http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1001-great-apes-habitat.html



▶  WORLD LOSING BIODIVERSITY THOUSAND TIMES FASTER THAN NATURAL EXTINCTION: UN http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3618052038/world-losing-biodiversity-thousand-times-higher-than-natural-extinction-un



                                   ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON

                                          EXTINCTION CRISIS

IN 40 YEARS WE HAVE DISAPPEARED HALF OF THE WORLD'S WILD ANIMALS: DEFORESTATION, OCEANS, AGRICULTURE  http://sco.lt/8fK5eT



                                               --- WATCH ---                        

        AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY - DEFORESTATION

                                     "REMEMBERING 'GREEN'" -

                                 AN ORANGUTANS JOURNEY

                                        http://sco.lt/93dMUz






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Purring tempo, sliding notes grab cats' attention

Purring tempo, sliding notes grab cats' attention | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Is there such a thing as cat-centric music, which is pleasing music to cats' ears?
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10 Amazing Acts Of Cooperation Between Different Animal Species - Listverse

10 Amazing Acts Of Cooperation Between Different Animal Species - Listverse | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Interactions between two species can take many forms. Predators hunt prey, humans tame animals, groups compete for territory, and so on. Most meetings betw
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Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation

Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Known for their beautiful singing duets, plain wrens of Costa Rica perform precise phrase-by-phrase modifications to the duration between two consecutive phrases, achieving careful coordination as their songs unfold, according to a new study...
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Rats Remember Who’s Nice to Them—and Return the Favor

Rats Remember Who’s Nice to Them—and Return the Favor | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Rats remember acts of kindness done by other rats, and are more helpful to individuals who previously helped them.
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Boy or girl? Lemur scents have the answer

Boy or girl? Lemur scents have the answer | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dozens of pregnancy myths claim to predict whether a mom-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl. Some say you can tell by the shape of a woman's bump, or whether she craves salty or sweet.
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Photographer Takes Portraits Of The World’s Hardest-Working Dogs

Photographer Takes Portraits Of The World’s Hardest-Working Dogs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The working dogs of the world tend not to get as much time in the spotlight as their house-pet brothers and sisters.
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Baby Sloth Eats Treats and Cuddles Caretaker - YouTube

Meet Paloma, the 6-month-old two-toed sloth. Her favorite treat is hibiscus flowers. Meet her cuteness up close in our Backstage Pass program. http://zoo.san...
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Chimpanzees Changing The Food Calls To Match Their Counterparts

Chimpanzees Changing The Food Calls To Match Their Counterparts | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Katie Slocombe from the University of York observed that before integrating the two different groups of chimpanzees, each produced different grunts for "apple," and after the integration, she noted...
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Few friends for shy kangaroos

Few friends for shy kangaroos | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Kangaroo social networks could provide insight into the evolution of human personality differences.
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Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash

Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Harvard University has uncovered one of the secrets behind pigeons' impressive flight abilities.
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Symposium and workshop on social network analysis - SFECA2015

Symposium and workshop on social network analysis - SFECA2015 | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Symposium and workshop on social network analysis - SFECA2015

We organised a french symposium and workshop on social network analysis in animal societies for the french congress for the study of animal behaviour - SFECA2015. information can be found on the websiste


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Hunting with wolves: How humans outlasted the Neanderthals

Hunting with wolves: How humans outlasted the Neanderthals | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs are humanity’s oldest friends, renowned for their loyalty and abilities to guard, hunt and chase. But modern humans may owe even more to them than we previously realised.
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Chilean Birdman Leads Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert

Chilean Birdman Leads Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
This little guy symbolizes protection of nature and resilience in the harshest of conditions, says naturalist.
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Every Day, These Elderly Chinese Women Wake Up At 4AM To Feed 1,300 Stray Dogs

Every Day, These Elderly Chinese Women Wake Up At 4AM To Feed 1,300 Stray Dogs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
For the past six years, a group of five elderly women in China’s central Shaanxi Province have been looking after over 1,300 stray dogs at their very own custom dog asylum.
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Bees, Like People, Can Be Fooled by False Memories

Bees, Like People, Can Be Fooled by False Memories | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Memory is a notoriously slippery ally. It’s alarmingly easy to purposely distort recall, even in people with the unusual ability to remember minute details, going back to childhood. Absent manipulation, it is still extraordinarily difficult to be a reliable witness. Studying faults in memory, though, can reveal how it functions—even in such seemingly simple organisms as bees.


The latest work, published in Current Biology, looks at how bees, like humans, can be prone to false memories. Previously, researchers had manipulated the electrical zings of specific mouse brain cells to give rodents a false memory of an event that never happened. But naturally occurring false memory hasn’t been shown in non-humans before. 


Honeybees and bumblebees are favorite subjects in the study of learning and memory because they rely on color, scent and taste to help them find flowers and, therefore, food. They forage, so they are also good at using sensory cues to map their surroundings. In the new study, U.K.-based researchers tested bumblebees’ false memory formation using differently colored fake flowers.


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Only ten midges needed to make a swarm

Only ten midges needed to make a swarm | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
High-speed cameras reveal when insects become self-organizing. 

To most people, a cloud of midges is an annoyance. To Nicholas Ouellette it is the key to a mysterious animal behaviour — the swarm.

Ouellette, who works on complex systems at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his colleague James Puckett, have found that swarms of these insects become self-organizing when their numbers reach just ten individuals.

Their paper, published on 13 August in Journal of the Royal Society Interface1, is part of a small but growing area of research producing data from real swarms to inform models of this behaviour.

Ouellette and Puckett set up laboratory colonies of Chironomus riparius midges, which live for only a few days after reaching adulthood and tend to fly only at dawn or dusk.

“A lot of people will say a swarm is just a whole bunch of insects,” says Ouellette. “I would like to say a swarm is somehow collective and self-organizing.”


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Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed

Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Thirteen million years ago, as many as seven different species of crocodiles hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru, new research shows.
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The Sex Lives of Slugs—and Other Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom

The Sex Lives of Slugs—and Other Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
People are not separate from the rest of the animal kingdom, author says.
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