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Plenty of Pheromones in the Sea

As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.

December 6, 2013 — Julia Calderone
Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

A large portion of what animals do is interact with each other. As a social species, we can hardly go an hour without some kind of interaction with another human, be it face-to-face or via text or email...

May 17, 2014 — Felicity Muth

A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission

I've got the `dog play' bug, arguably one of the better winter bugs to have. I recently covered which toys dogs prefer (the answer: new ones, although old ones can be reinvigorated), as well as the unfortunate finding that when a dog's not "playing right," it could be you, not them...

January 9, 2015 — Julie Hecht
Did Your Daddy Raise You to Sing Like That?

Did Your Daddy Raise You to Sing Like That?

When most of us hear birds twittering away in the trees, we hear it as background noise. It’s often hard to separate out one bird from another.

October 7, 2013 — Scicurious

Eight Great Octopus Videos!

It’s Octopus Chronicles‘ 88th post! To celebrate, I’ve gone on an all-arms hunt through the deep crevasses of the internet to find eight of my favorite octopus videos.

September 12, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

The Unexpected Dog Killer

For some, it happens in the bathroom. For others, it's the living room. All across America, as fireworks go off on July 4th, many dogs experience varying degrees of fear and stress.

July 4, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Is Dog Training Scientific?

Dog owners seem pleased when they meet me because they can talk about their dog with someone who is truly interested. Sometimes they share intricate descriptions about something interesting that their dog does (often followed with the question, "Why does she do that?"), and other times, owners have a question like, "How do I get [...]..

June 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimps Will Share Their Lunchbut Only If They Like You

Chimpanzees have a lot to gain from climbing the social ladder. It now appears that lower-ranking male chimps strengthen bonds with their friends in high places by alerting them to some good eats...

December 20, 2013 — Cynthia McKelvey
The Dark Side of Power Posing: Cape or Kryptonite?

The Dark Side of Power Posing: Cape or Kryptonite?

In 1942, the mild mannered Clark Kent excused himself from his friend Lois Lane to take an important call. Clark slipped into a phone booth (remember those?), and moments later Superman emerged...

November 21, 2013 — Jay Van Bavel
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine