In terms of cognitive processing, not only do elephants have the largest absolute brain size among land mammals, they also have the largest temporal lobe relative to body size of any animal, including humans. The temporal lobe is that portion of the cerebral cortex devoted to communication, language, spatial memory, and cognition. Given the temporal lobe’s relative size in the elephant, there is every reason to suspect that elephants may be capable of far more complex cognition than is currently understood or documented.
Have you ever gazed into your dog's eyes and sensed a remarkably strong connection – almost as if that little fur ball were your child? The results of a newly published study could help explain why this is — and how dogs evolved from wild wolves into the domesticated companions we know (and love) today.
Creationists argue that astrobiology holds to the Darwinist belief that life started by accident and that—under the right conditions—it can emerge anywhere with a liquid solvent (preferably water), energy, and organic compounds.
Even those who paid next to no attention to their history teachers know about Magna Carta — or at least they know it first came about in 1215. To deliver all the other relevant details, we now have a new teacher in the form of Monty Python‘s Terry Jones, who, on the occasion of this great charter’s 800th anniversary, provides the narration for these two short animations, 'Magna Carta: Medieval' and 'Magna Carta: Legacy', that tell the rest of its story.
Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid in the Martian soil. Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form. The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on features such as crater walls could be formed by flowing water.
The song was originally written for the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. It has been re-recorded with the lyrics sung by Professor Stephen Hawking. Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the song is an intricate and informative lecture on the enormity of the Universe fashioned into a bewitching and, above all, highly amusing pop song.
Naomi Jacobs went to bed on a spring night in 2008 as a 32-year-old mother of an 11-year-old boy and a student at Manchester Metropolitan University. The next morning, she says, it was as if the last decade and a half of her life had never happened. In an interview with the BBC today, Jacobs says she woke up believing she was 15 years old.
Statista has looked at notable instances where European wildlife populations have increased, using data from a Zoological Society of London report published last year and from the LCIE. In the case of the Eurasian beaver, the population has increased by 28,028 per cent since 1990.
In a last-gasp effort to prevent an already depressed European economy from tumbling into an deflationary spiral, the European Central Bank announced a program of quantitative easing. But what does that mean?
On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?
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