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Here are 14 baby pandas in a crib

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BBC News is on the scene in China, where 14 artificially baby pandas are cuddling in a giant crib.
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Hard-Drive-Sniffing Dog Helps Fight Child Porn : DNews

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Golden labrador can find hard drives and other computer gadgetry wherever they may be hidden.

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Apes are emotional about choices

Apes are emotional about choices | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Like many humans, chimpanzees and bonobos react quite emotionally when they take risks that fail to pay off.

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Scientists Translate Chimpanzee and Bonobo Gestures That Resemble Human Language | Science | WIRED

Scientists Translate Chimpanzee and Bonobo Gestures That Resemble Human Language | Science | WIRED | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Scientists have described the communications of chimpanzees and bonobos in new and unsurpassed detail, offering a lexicon for our closest living relatives and even a glimpse into the origins of human language. "We have the closest thing to human language that you can see in nature," said cognitive biologist Richard Byrne.
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Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with Fibromyalgia - Marcus - 2012 - Pain Medicine - Wiley Online Library

Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with Fibromyalgia - Marcus - 2012 - Pain Medicine - Wiley Online Library | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with #Fibromyalgia - free access to top accessed article in PME
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Scientist gives whales a role as “engineers” of the oceans - The Westside Story

Scientist gives whales a role as “engineers” of the oceans - The Westside Story | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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Kangaroos use tail as 'third leg' - video

Research conducted by scientists in Australia, the US and Canada shows that kangaroos plant their tails on the ground in sequence prior to their hind legs, pushing them forwards. This gives the tail the role of a 'third leg', doing a similar job to a human leg – a far different role than proposed by the previous theory that the tail merely provides support and balance
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No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture

No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Sometimes it takes the great Dustbuster of fate to clear the room of bullies and bad habits. Freak cyclones helped destroy Kublai Khan's brutal Mongolian empire, for example, while the Black Death of the 14th century capsized the medieval theocracy and gave the Renaissance a chance to shine. Among a troop of savanna baboons in Kenya, a terrible outbreak of tuberculosis 20 years ago selectively killed off the biggest, nastiest and most despotic males, setting the stage for a social and behavioral transformation unlike any seen in this notoriously truculent primate.
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DNA analysis reveals queen bumblebees disperse far from birthplace before setting up home

DNA analysis reveals queen bumblebees disperse far from birthplace before setting up home | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Researchers are closer to understanding patterns of family relatedness and genetic diversity in bumblebees. The findings could help farmers, land managers and policy makers develop more effective conservation schemes for these essential pollinators.

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Early contenders for the year’s best wildlife photo are absolutely breathtaking

Early contenders for the year’s best wildlife photo are absolutely breathtaking | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
It might be impossible to choose one favorite
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Small Brains, Big Ideas: Bees understand abstract relations despite lacking the brain areas thought necessary

In apes and humans, the prefrontal cortex is the seat of higher-order cognition, allowing us to reason about the world around us. Insect brains are much simpler and lack anything resembling a prefrontal cortex, yet a new study finds that honeybees can learn to differentiate between objects based on their relation to one another, such as “same or different” and “above or below.


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A group-specific arbitrary tradition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) - Online First - Springer

A group-specific arbitrary tradition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) - Online First - Springer | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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Baby Goats Turn A Lounging Horse Into Their Own Personal Playground (Video)

Baby Goats Turn A Lounging Horse Into Their Own Personal Playground (Video) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If the movies I watched as a child are correct, farm animals share a special bond with each other (which is largely due to the fact that they can apparently speak English when humans aren’t around).
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Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random.
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Researchers Discover Key to Mantis Shrimp’s Unique Vision

Researchers Discover Key to Mantis Shrimp’s Unique Vision | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Mantis shrimp possess an amazingly keen visual system and are able to discern ultraviolet light, which humans aren’t capable of seeing. A new study conducted by Michael Bok at the University of Maryland indicates that mantis shrimp use amino acids that are normally found as a natural sunscreen in animal skin in order to see UV light.


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Wild chimp language translated

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Researchers say they have translated the meaning of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.


They say wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a "lexicon" of 66 gestures.


The scientists discovered this by following and filming communities of chimps in Uganda, and examining more than 5,000 incidents of these meaningful exchanges.


The research is published in the journal Current Biology.


Dr Catherine Hobaiter, University of St Andrews, who led the research, said that this was the only form of intentional communication to be recorded in the animal kingdom.

Only humans and chimps, she said, had a system of communication where they deliberately sent a message to another individual.


"That's what's so amazing about chimp gestures," she told BBC News.

"They're the only thing that looks like human language in that respect."

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New research shows it's time for sea change in treatment of fish | Other Opinions | FresnoBee.com

New research shows it's time for sea change in treatment of fish | Other Opinions | FresnoBee.com | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
According to biologist Culum Brown, an associate professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and the author of a new study about fish sentience and intelligence, "the potential amount of cruelty" that humans inflict on fish "is mind-boggling." Many of us give little thought to the welfare of fish, but Dr. Brown's research added to what we already know about these animals and should dispel any outdated notions that fish are merely swimming entrees.
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Mama Elephant Thought Her Newborn Was Gone Forever. What She Does At 3:18 Gave Me Chills!

Mama Elephant Thought Her Newborn Was Gone Forever. What She Does At 3:18 Gave Me Chills! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Kenya Wildlife Service and Amboseli Trust for Elephants are two amazing organizations on a mission to help preserve and protect the amazing elephants.
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BBC One's "Odd Couples" Featuring the #BLT of Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary - YouTube

Animal odd couples explored by Liz Bonnin with the Oxford Science Team crew as shown on the BBC One.
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What Do Sharks Do in a Hurricane? Answers to Our Goofy Shark Questions.

What Do Sharks Do in a Hurricane? Answers to Our Goofy Shark Questions. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
We here at Slate were talking about sharks not long ago and realized we had a lot of goofy questions. Shark conservation graduate student David Shiffman was kind enough to answer them. What do sharks do in a hurricane? Do they clear out of the path? Yup, they move to...

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Squawking Birds Give Away Their Nest Sizes

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How to count seabirds on islands using sound
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Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers

Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean's surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic ...

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No Surprise! Dolphins Know How to Ride a Wave Better Than Pro Surfers (VIDEO)

No Surprise! Dolphins Know How to Ride a Wave Better Than Pro Surfers (VIDEO) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Watch as a party of wild dolphins ride the waves in the above video, better than a pro surfer!

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12 Sea Turtle Facts That Prove How Cool They Are

12 Sea Turtle Facts That Prove How Cool They Are | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Monday was World Sea Turtle Day, which means it’s the perfect time to show one of our favorite dopey sea creatures some much-deserved turtley love.

Below, 12 interesting facts about sea turtles, aka, the coolest surfers in the sea.

1. The...

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Why are chimps sticking grass in their ears?

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The Best Part of These Remote Control Photos of Lions is the Joy of the Photographers

The Best Part of These Remote Control Photos of Lions is the Joy of the Photographers | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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There’s something special about this video, and it’s not just the pride of lionesses who try to eat the camera mounted to an RC buggy.
Yes, the lions are amazing, and it’s so cool to see them close up.
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