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Can Animals Be Moral? » IAI TV

Can Animals Be Moral? » IAI TV | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Philosophers have said almost universally that animals cannot be moral. Mark Rowlands, author of the internationally bestselling memoir The Philosopher and the Wolf makes the case for the defence.
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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3D-Printed Shell Will Help Injured Tortoise Live A Happier Life

3D-Printed Shell Will Help Injured Tortoise Live A Happier Life | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Things are looking up for Cleopatra: The leopard tortoise now has a 3D-printed prosthesis to protect her deformed shell from further injury by other tortoises.


(Photo: Gary Stefanski)

Cleopatra suffers from what is known as "pyramiding&...

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Biologist finds animal groups share dominance dynamics

Biologist finds animal groups share dominance dynamics | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The cardinal rules of pecking orders extend well beyond birds and beaks, according to a new study led by a UNL biologist.
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New species of shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes

New species of shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new species of frog has been discovered that possesses a unique, shape-shifting ability never seen before in an amphibian.
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Homeless Cat Sneaks Into Zoo And Becomes Friends With A Lynx

Homeless Cat Sneaks Into Zoo And Becomes Friends With A Lynx | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
See what happens when this homeless cat sneaks into zoo in Russia.
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‘That’s what the ladies want’: Fish castles made of sand are often built out of love

‘That’s what the ladies want’: Fish castles made of sand are often built out of love | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Throughout Lake Malawi, an enormous body of freshwater in southeastern Africa, there are types of fish, called cichlids, that engage in a very peculiar ritual.
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The 'cuddle hormone' that shows your dog really DOES love you 

The 'cuddle hormone' that shows your dog really DOES love you  | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Patting and talking to a dog for just three minutes has been found to increase oxytocin levels in the blood stream of both human and dog, Australian researchers say.
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This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way | WIRED

This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way | WIRED | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New species are only supposed to arise when a population separates into two. So what's going on with the birds on tiny Santa Cruz Island?
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This Golden Retriever’s First Taste of Lemon Takes Over His Whole Body

This Golden Retriever’s First Taste of Lemon Takes Over His Whole Body | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Most of us pucker up and maybe get a shiver at the taste of sour citrus. But that’s not enough of a reaction for this pup…
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Sheepdog 'bodyguards' protect endangered penguins from foxes, saving them from extinction

Sheepdog 'bodyguards' protect endangered penguins from foxes, saving them from extinction | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Sheepdogs are bred and trained to protect sheep against wolves, but that doesn't mean that their skills can't be used to protect different animals against other species of predators

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Mice don't need the cortex to sing their songs

Mice don't need the cortex to sing their songs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The human language is unique in that we can refer to objects, events and ideas. The combination of syllables and words enables humans to generate an infinite number of expressions. An important prerequisite for language is the ability to imitate sounds, i.e. to store acquired acoustic information and to use this for one's own vocal production. Cortical structures in the brain play a crucial role in this. While songbirds and certain marine mammals are capable of such vocal learning, there is very little evidence for vocal learning in terrestrial mammals -- not even in our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. Nonhuman primate vocal production is largely restricted to an innate repertoire of sounds.
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Tiny magnets used to upset flight of fruit flies to study their abilities (w/ Video)

Tiny magnets used to upset flight of fruit flies to study their abilities (w/ Video) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers at Cornell University has found that fruit flies are able to right themselves during flight with unprecedented speed and agility.
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Blue blood on ice: How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold

Blue blood on ice: How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
An Antarctic octopus that lives in ice-cold water uses an unique strategy to transport oxygen in its blood, according to research published in Frontiers in Zoology.
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#Cockroaches have personalities, study finds #science #biology

#Cockroaches have personalities, study finds #science #biology | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits.

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Sci-Fly study explores how lifeforms know to be the right size

Sci-Fly study explores how lifeforms know to be the right size | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Shakespeare said "to be or not to be" is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts.
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This Animal Shelter Has a Brilliantly Simple Strategy to Find Homes for Their Pups

This Animal Shelter Has a Brilliantly Simple Strategy to Find Homes for Their Pups | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever considered adopting a pet from a shelter, you know how hard it can be choose just one when there are so many animals deserving of your attention and love.
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Woolly mammoth and modern elephant DNA merged. Next, cloning

Woolly mammoth and modern elephant DNA merged. Next, cloning | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Cloning the woolly mammoth is a life long dream for many geneticists and biologists, but the challenges are numerous. Now, we've come a step closer after researchers replaced snips of elephant DNA with those from the woolly mammoth.
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Squid enrich their DNA 'blueprint' through prolific RNA editing

Squid enrich their DNA 'blueprint' through prolific RNA editing | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
One of the surprising discoveries to emerge from the young field of comparative genomics is that drastically different organisms—humans, sea urchins, worms, flies —are endowed with a more or less common set of genes.
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Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart

Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Half a century ago, she journeyed into the Tanzanian jungle to change how the world saw chimpanzees. Today the world’s most famous conservationist is on a mission to save their lives.
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This Animal Shelter Offers Pet Delivery To Offices To Reduce Stress And Help Animals Find Homes

This Animal Shelter Offers Pet Delivery To Offices To Reduce Stress And Help Animals Find Homes | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The future is now. The Humane Society Of Broward County, an animal shelter in southeastern Florida, has launched a service called “Snuggle Delivery” that delivers shelter animals for hour-long visits to workplaces in sore need of cuteness, snuggles...
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Leatherback Turtles Don’t Need Google Maps

Leatherback Turtles Don’t Need Google Maps | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The big sea turtles’ use of Earth’s magnetic field gives them the navigational skills to travel thousands of miles each year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Battle of the eagles, courting storks and golden monkeys are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world

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Killer whales learn to communicate like dolphins

Killer whales learn to communicate like dolphins | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The sounds that most animals use to communicate are innate, not learned. However, a few species, including humans, can imitate new sounds and use them in appropriate social contexts. This ability, known as vocal learning, is one of the underpinnings of language. Now, researchers have found that killer whales can engage in cross-species vocal learning: when socialized with bottlenose dolphins, they shifted the sounds they made to more closely match their social partners.
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Mystery of Male Swordfish Courtship Ritual Revealed

Mystery of Male Swordfish Courtship Ritual Revealed | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The first photographic evidence of a male swordfish courting a possible mate has been published, ending a decade-old mystery
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Baby rhino captures hearts - World - NZ Herald News

Baby rhino captures hearts - World - NZ Herald News | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A baby rhino who was unable to sleep on his own after seeing his mother brutally killed by poachers for her horn, has captured the hearts of staff at a centre documenting his progress - New Zealand Herald...
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Chameleon reorganizes its nanocrystals to change colors

Chameleon reorganizes its nanocrystals to change colors | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Many chameleons have the remarkable ability to exhibit complex and rapid color changes during social interactions.
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