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Animal personalities are more like humans than first thought

A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural trait in the animal...

Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t

Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews. The new study, published...

Putting a face on a robot

What does the assistive robot of the future look like? It depends. A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older and...

Human heart disease recently found in chimpanzees

While in the past century there have been several documented examples of young, healthy athletes who have died suddenly of heart disease during competitive...

People have more empathy for battered dogs than human adult victims

People have more empathy for battered puppies and full grown dogs than they do for some humans -- adults, but not children, finds new...

What Is the Fastest Articulated Motion a Human Can Execute?

Humans are amazing throwers. We are unique among all animals, including our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, in our ability to throw projectiles at...

Man’s best friend: Dog or child, they act the same

Domestic dogs have been closely associated with humans for about 15,000 years. The animals are so well adapted to living with human beings that...

The Disappearance of the Elephant Caused the Rise of Modern Man

Elephants have long been known to be part of the Homo erectus diet. But the significance of this specific food source, in relation to...

MIT researchers develop a better way to grow stem cells

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Human pluripotent stem cells, which can become any other kind of body cell, hold great potential to treat a wide range of ailments, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. However, scient...

Human Interference May Have Caused SARS To Jump Species

In the last few months, severe acute respiratory syndrome has infected thousands in Asia, traveled to various parts of the world and gained international attention. In April 2003, the disease was conclusively identified as a type of coronavirus unlike any other known human or animal virus in the Coronavirus family. Sanjay Kapil, a Kansas State University associate professor of diagnostic medicine pathobiology, says human interference with domestic and wild animals could be a factor in the development of the disease. Samples of the pathogens identified in severe acute respiratory syndrome look similar to coronaviruses found in animals. Because the sequences found in human samples are unique, the virus must have changed substantially when it transferred from animals to humans, Kapil said.

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