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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

What Makes Spiders Scary

Scientists hope to learn whether arachnophobes' perception of spiders as larger than actual size causes their fear—or whether it is the fearfulness itself that causes their visual misperception.

July 12, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Jason G. Goldman

Wildlife Can Bear with Hunters and Hikers

A new study suggests the best predictor of wildlife abundance in public lands is not human activity, but factors like forest connectivity and nearby housing density. Jason G. Goldman reports.

July 8, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Mongooses Pile on Warthogs--to Groom Them

In the first known example of a mutualistic relationship between two mammal species in which neither is a primate, mongooses feast on ticks and other parasites infesting warthogs. 

June 21, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Wolves Howl in Local Dialects

Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them​.

April 26, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Jason G. Goldman

Wolves Have Local Howl Accents

Understanding the regional vocal patterns of various canid species sheds light on animal communication and could help ranchers broadcast "keep away" messages to protect livestock. 

April 5, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Fear of Spiders Makes Them Look Bigger

Arachnophobic study subjects estimated the size of spiders as bigger than did people who do not fear the eight-legged beasties. Jason Goldman reports.

March 9, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Sharks Head Straight Home by Smell

Sharks that could smell headed straight back home when taken a few miles away whereas some that had their senses of smell blocked took slower, more erratic paths to their old haunts.

January 21, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman