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Parrots find ‘laughter’ contagious and high-five in mid air
24th March 2017 | | Animal Life

If your parrot is feeling glum, it might be tweetable. Wild keas spontaneously burst into playful behaviour when exposed to the parrot equivalent of canned laughter – the first birds known to respond to laughter-like sounds.

The parrots soared after one another in aerobatic loops, exchanged foot-kicking high fives in mid-air and tossed objects to each other, in what seems to be emotionally contagious behaviour.

Chimp filmed cleaning dead son’s teeth
24th March 2017 | Animal Life

A trio of researchers from the U.K., the Netherlands and the U.S. has filmed a grown female chimpanzee cleaning her son’s teeth after he died. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, Edwin van Leeuwen, Katherine Cronin and Daniel Haun offer a description of the circumstances under which they shot the video and their ideas on why the female was behaving the way she was.

Should a Chimpanzee Be Considered a Person?
24th March 2017 | Animal Life

The distinction of “persons,” not “people,” is important. Part of the apparent absurdity is that on the surface, arguing for personhood might sound like saying a chimpanzee should have the same rights as an adult human, like the right to own property and vote in elections. Instead, the category of “person” is a legal one referring to a being entitled to certain fundamental rights.

Alt: Animal rights lawyer will argue chimpanzees should have ‘personhood rights’ at New York’s Supreme Court

New Zealand declares a river a person
24th March 2017 | | Earth

The odd legal status is intended to help prevent pollution and other abuses

IT SOUNDS, admits Chris Finlayson, like a “pretty nutty” idea. Yet the new law that declares the Whanganui river, New Zealand’s third-longest, a legal person, in the sense that it can own property, incur debts and petition the courts, is not unprecedented.

Alt: New Zealand river recognised as ‘legal person’

Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find
24th March 2017 | | Animal Life

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.

But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble.

Plagued by predators in the sea, these fish are moving onto land
24th March 2017 | | Animal Life

On the remote Pacific island of Rarotonga, some fish are fleeing to land.

Scientists have long suspected that blenny fish leapt out of water to escape the many sea creatures that seek to eat them, but the blennies’ true motivations remained a mystery.

Spiders eat astronomical numbers of insects
24th March 2017 | | Animal Life

Spiders feed on an estimated 400 to 800 million tons of insects and other pests annually; in comparison, all humans consume about 400 million tons in meat and fish

Biologists say wolf spiders have a wider range of personality than once believed
24th March 2017 | Animal Life

Charming might not be the best way to describe a spider, but researchers at the University of Cincinnati are finding a wide spectrum of personality in a creature whose behavior was thought to be inflexible and hardwired in its genes.

First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered
24th March 2017 | Animal Life

It’s official: For the first time in the United States, a bumblebee species has been declared endangered.

Related: Planting more flowers in your garden in the spring and summer could quadruple the survival rate of under threat bees
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Antarctic penguin numbers double previous estimates: scientists
24th March 2017 | | Animal Life

Almost six million Adelie penguins are living in East Antarctica, more than double the number previously thought, scientists said Wednesday in findings that have implications for conservation.

Related: Some penguins mooch off parents after leaving the nest

Titanic sank due to enormous uncontrollable fire, not iceberg, experts claim
24th March 2017 | | Ancient

The sinking of the RMS Titanic may have been caused by an enormous fire on board, not by hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, experts have claimed, as new evidence has been published to support the theory.

Replica of 2,500-year-old ship found off Israel christened ahead of maiden voyage
24th March 2017 | | Ancient

‘Ma’agan Michael II’ gets set to sail down the coast from Haifa to Herzliya as part of project to crack mystery of ancient seafaring

The archaeologists involved in the project seek to learn how ancient mariners sailed against the winds and currents with the technology existing at the time, a quandary that historians still don’t understand despite vast evidence that Mediterranean seafaring existed for centuries before the Ma’agan Michael ship sank.

Ancient Naval Base for Epic Greek Battle Found
24th March 2017 | | Ancient

Greek archaeologists have found the ancient military harbor of the island of Salamis — the very physical space from which the largest and most decisive naval battle ever fought in antiquity was launched.

Ancient legal papyri bring lost world to life
24th March 2017 | Ancient

Everyone has heard of the ancient Jewish religious scrolls discovered at Qumran by the Dead Sea in the middle of the 20th century. But who is aware that nearly 100 legal papyri have been found in the same region, or that they allow unparalleled access to the ancient social world of Judea and Nabatea in the period 100 BCE to 200 CE?

Related: Raising Ramses: Archaeologists lift 3,000-year-old statue of Egyptian Pharaoh considered ‘one of the most important discoveries ever’ from muddy ditch in Cairo slum

Did humans create the Sahara desert?
23rd March 2017 | Ancient

New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification.

Alt: African Neolithic Populations Helped Create Sahara Desert, Research Suggests

Mysterious water-like streaks on Mars might be sand flows instead
23rd March 2017 | | Space

Dust to dust. The mysterious dark flows on Mars may not be water after all. Instead, they could be rivulets of sand, set in motion by sunlight on the Martian surface.

The dark streaks form on Mars’s slopes during warm seasons, and are known as recurring slope lineae. While there is no direct evidence of water near these areas, the leading theory is that they are caused by briny water streaming down the sides of craters and hills.

Mars, The Ringed Planet? –“Had Them in the Distant Past and May Again With the Disintegration of Its Mystery Moon, Phobos”
23rd March 2017 | | Space

It’s possible that Mars had rings at one point and may have them again someday. That’s the theory put forth by Purdue University scientists have developed a model that suggests that debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid or other body slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago and alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping up to form a moon.

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