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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

How Anteaters Decide What To Eat

The Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla , only eats ants and termites, as its name suggests. Since the giant anteater and its evolutionary ancestors have been feasting on ants and termites for nearly 60 million years, a researcher named Kent Redford hypothesized that, over time, ants and termites may have evolved various defenses to avoid predation...

June 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

The Average Bear Is Smarter Than You Thought

Yogi Bear always claimed that he was smarter than the average bear, but the average bear appears to be smarter than once thought. Psychologists Jennifer Vonk of Oakland University and Michael J...

June 20, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Sidewalk Science: A Different Approach To Outreach

Last week (June 5, 2012), the lucky citizens of Earth were in just the right place to watch Venus's transit across the face of the sun. While this occurred just eight years ago as well, it won't happen again for more than a century...

June 12, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Smokers, Dyslexia, and A Neuroscience Revolution

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:At Addiction Inbox, Dirk Hanson makes a bold statement: "It’s getting harder to interpret genetics studies, and that’s a good thing." Find out why: High-Risk Haplotypes in Smokers.G r e a t e r / l e t t e r / s p a c i n g / helps reading in dyslexia...

June 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

UPDATE: Guilty Dogs on the Radio

Just a quick announcement that I'll be on a short segment of The Aaron Rand Show, on Montreal's CJAD 800 radio station this afternoon tomorrow afternoon, June 6, around 3:45pm eastern (12:45pm pacific)...

June 5, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Do Dogs Feel Guilty?

"I walked into the house, and he was acting strange. I could tell he had done something wrong," she told me. I pressed for further details."His head was down, and he wasn't making eye contact," she explained...

May 31, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Bad Bees Gone Good, Facebook, Snakes, and Bonobos

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:When do so-called "killer bees" stop killing? At "The Beast, The Bard, and The Bot," learn about when africanized honey bees turn nice.At the Scientific American Observations blog, Michael Moyer asks the Facebook IPO question we're all thinking: What Will Make Eduardo Saverin Happier: U.S...

May 29, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

How Do Octopuses Navigate?

Getting around is complicated business. Every year, animals traverse miles of sky and sea (and land), chasing warmth or food or mates as the planet rotates and the seasons change.

May 24, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy?

When is a yawn just a yawn? When is a yawn more than a yawn? Contagious yawning - the increase in likelihood that you will yawn after watching or hearing someone else yawn - has been of particular interest to researchers in fields as varied as primatology, developmental psychology, and psychopathology.At first, scientists thought that yawning was a mechanism designed to keep the brain cool...

May 17, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Dogs, But Not Wolves, Use Humans As Tools

Sometime between fifteen and thirty thousand years ago, probably in the Middle East, the long, protracted process of domestication began to alter the genetic code of the wolf, eventually leaving us with the animals we know and love as domestic dogs...

April 30, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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