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Parrots Given “Names” by Their Parents and Use Them Throughout Their Lives
Previous research had shown that all wild parrots use unique “contact calls” that not only distinguish each bird individually, but also communicate their gender, and the mate and larger group they belong to.
“Parrots can have extremely long periods [leading up] to independence, and this is thought to be related to their large brains,” explained Berg. The same goes for primates, he said, with humans in particular being “off the charts” when it comes to a lengthy stage of child dependence.
More research is required, to better understand the evolution of and interaction between these physical and behavioral traits, he said. “We still don’t have good explanations of how these behaviors help wild individuals survive and reproduce in nature,” he said.
The paper offers some possible explanations: Perhaps the parrots’ far-ranging journeys to “communal foraging sights” are what impress upon each parent the need to have their fledglings’ names sorted out — not unlike human parents’ need to call for their children by name at a crowded fair.
I enjoy learning more fun and cool stuff about the animals we share the world with. They are quite an interesting bunch of creatures.
Friday Fun: Gibbon Plays with Tiger Cubs
While this gibbon appears to be playing with the tiger cubs I am not sure the tigers see it as play.
Capuchin Monkeys Don’t Like Being Paid Less
Quite a fun video. Frans de Waal shows us a task he gave Capuchin monkeys to see if they responded to a sense of fairness. See the rest of the talk.
Frans de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing.
New iPad Telepresence Robot for $2,000
Double is a new telepresence robot that is on sale arrives fully functional as soon as you open the box – just insert your iPad. Touch the power switch to activate Double’s self-balancing sensors, keeping itself upright. At only 15 pounds, it’s easy to move around.
Touch to drive (using your iPad remotely). Adjust height also (to match standing or sitting colleagues). It runs for 8 hours on full charge and charges up in 2 hours.
Pre-order now at $2000 (saving $500 over list price). Delivery is expected in December 2012.
Mother Polar Bear Giving Her Cub a Helping Paw
Another reminder to thank your mother. See previous at cat mom playing the hero.
Scientists Singing About Science
Fun video with scientists singing about science.
Friday Fun: Kitten and Bunny
Just some fun for your Friday. Enjoy.
New Blog with Simple Demonstrations and Scientific Explanations
Try this at home is a new blog by Dr Mark Lorch, a chemistry lecturer at the University of Hull, with instructions for the citizen scientist. This example shows how to move a can with a ballon without touching the can.
The posts include instructions on how to do these simple demonstrations and a nice explanation on the scientific reason for what is going on:
It is quite a nice site (especially if you have kids interested in science or are a kid interested in science – no matter how old you are), add it to your RSS reader. Here are some more science blogs you may enjoy.
Friday Fun: Elephant Playing with a Smart Phone
An elephant plays with a smart phone (Samsung Galaxy Note).
Related: Friday Fun: Cats and Kids with iPads – Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant – Crow Sledding, Flying Back Up and Sledding Down Again – Cat Toy: Robotic Ball You Control with Your Smart Phone
Friday Fun: Monkey and Kitten Playing
If somehow you need more to entice you to watch the webcast, there are even cameos by a dog and people. But if you need to know more than kitten and monkey maybe you need to connect to your inner 5 year old self.