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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Does Your Dog Love You Back?

You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer...

November 21, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Here’s something curious. The phrase “man’s best friend” didn’t appear in print, according to Google’s n-grams, until after the year 1750.

November 20, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

November 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Meerkats are one of the few other species in the animal kingdom that has something close to human-like teaching. Read about it in an old piece of mine at BBC Future: Pay attention… time for lessons at animal school Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon [...]..

November 10, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

I'll be on participating in a panel about dolphins, animals in captivity, and the award-winning documentary The Cove tonight. Catch it on Take Part Live on the Pivot channel at 9pm Pacific/12am Eastern...

October 30, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (From Predators)

Probably the worst thing to happen to you, if you’re an animal playing the game of life, is to be eaten by some bigger beast. If you’ve already managed to successfully reproduce by then, as far as evolution is concerned, maybe it’s OK for you to shuffle off that mortal coil...

October 29, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
The Birds in my Backyard

The Birds in my Backyard

I'm an animal behavior expert and I've lived in Los Angeles all my life. Why don't I know the birds in my backyard? In my latest piece, at Zocalo Public Square, I argue that I should know who my wildlife neighbors are, and that understanding our natural world can create a better human community, too...

October 22, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Photoblogging: Airborne Pelicans

It’s interesting what a small change in wing position does to a photo of a single bird. In this first photo of a Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, the forward bend in the wings gives the bird a magnificent, almost regal quality...

October 13, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: More California Gulls

Photoblogging: More California Gulls

Following on last week’s California gull photo, here are a few more from that day. It’s a lesson in composition: the top photo tells a story.

October 6, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
How Trophy Hunting Actually Benefits Croatian Brown Bears

How Trophy Hunting Actually Benefits Croatian Brown Bears

Shoot a bear in Croatia, and you can skin it and turn the hide into a rug to adorn the floor of your living room. Or, if you wanted, you could hack off its head, stuff it, mount it, and hang it above your fireplace...

October 2, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Seagull in Flight

Photoblogging: Seagull in Flight

Most people in Los Angeles interact with seagulls – that is, the California gull, Larus californicus – mainly by shooing them away from our picnics at the beach.

September 29, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Golden Eagle Versus Deer: Eagle Wins

After setting camera traps to study tigers, researchers received a surprise when they found the world's first recorded evidence of a golden eagle attacking a sika deer.

September 25, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Blue-Footed Booby

Photoblogging: Blue-Footed Booby

Blue-footed boobies – those birds made famous by their mating dance – are being spotted all over the Los Angeles area and as far north as Marin County.

September 22, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

The 1962 cartoon series The Jetsons featured a futuristic nuclear family: father George, mother Jane, and their offspring, Elroy and Judy. In the very first episode, we learn about the Jetson family’s purchase of a housecleaning robot named Rosey...

September 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World