Category: Humans

If you’re highly anxious, you’re likely smarter than average….

If you’re highly anxious, you’re likely smarter than average. Scientists theorize that intelligence and worry co-evolved in humans, and studies show people with higher IQs are more likely to have anxiety.

Pandas have been known to fake pregnancies in order to receive…

Pandas have been known to fake pregnancies in order to receive more food and special treatment from humans.

The species lost in just the past hundred years would have taken…

The species lost in just the past hundred years would have taken up to 11,400 years to be lost, if not for human activity.

Belugas can mimic the human voice so well that a diver believed…

Belugas can mimic the human voice so well that a diver believed his colleagues were trying to talk to him when in fact it was the whale.

Japanese scientists successfully created an MRI machine that can…

Japanese scientists successfully created an MRI machine that can record your dreams and reconstruct them for you to watch while you’re awake.

There’s a ‘good guy’ mosquito called…

There’s a ‘good guy’ mosquito called Toxorhynchite whose larvae eat the larvae of other mosquitos, and then grow up to eat non-human fruit.

Photo : Acrocynus/ wikimedia

Giving up Alcohol for just one month can improve liver function,…

Giving up Alcohol for just one month can improve liver function, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of liver disease and diabetes.

Due to the historically long bond between dogs and humans, dogs…

Due to the historically long bond between dogs and humans, dogs have evolved to understand human laughter.

The New Caledonian Crow is better at toolmaking than any…

The

New Caledonian Crow

is better at toolmaking than any primate (other than humans) and invents new tools by modifying existing ones. They then pass these innovations to other individuals and generations.

Photo : James St. Clair

When you can’t sleep on your first night in a new place,…

When you can’t sleep on your first night in a new place, your brain is trying to protect you. Many animals sleep with only half their brain, while the other half stays alert to possible dangers. It’s called the ’first night effect’ in humans, because our bodies put us in a strange, half-asleep/half-awake state the first time we sleep in an unfamiliar environment.

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