Barbara J King

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How Smart Are Horses?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Researchers have shown that horses communicate flexibly with human caretakers depending on what specific knowledge those humans have — or lack. That's a big deal, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Video: Swooping Starlings In Murmuration

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

There's a science to the coordinated flight of starlings, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. Here's a video showing their patterns in the sky.

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Culture Shock: When Pandas And Pets Long For Home

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Twin pandas were sent from Zoo Atlanta to China last month. They miss their favorite foods and hearing English — shedding light on animals' emotions, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Together, Art And Science Can Help Build An Understanding Of Transgender Struggles

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How can science and art combine to help the rest of us understand and support transgender kids? Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at a film new to the U.S. addressing gender identity and sexuality.

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Discoveries Give New Clues To Possible Neanderthal Religious Practices

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Barbara J. King, a professor emerita of anthropology at William and Mary, discusses whether Neanderthals had "religious capacity."

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Were Neanderthals Religious?

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

December is full of sacred holidays for many — and meaning-making through social gatherings and rituals for others. Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers how far back religious practices might go.

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What Do Birds Hear When They Sing Beautiful Songs?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Music to our ears, yes. But birdsong may represent more complex communication than we ever thought, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Giving Thanks For Animals — And Those Who Help Them

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here's a list of animal-related stories and videos to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, compiled by Barbara J. King. Have a look.

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Octopuses Are Marvels To Watch And, For Some, To Eat Alive

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Octopus behavior has captivated scientists and animal lovers alike; now, eating these animals alive is catching on in some U.S. restaurants, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Authenticity, Weight And Character Portrayals In TV's 'This Is Us'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

In need of a TV show to make you feel better about humanity? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Chrissy Metz from "This Is Us."

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When Animals Attack, Some Respond With Compassion

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Would compassion be your first response if you survived a shark or bear attack? Anthropologist Barbara J. King hopes her answer would be "yes."

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Delayed In The Airport? Take A Cue (Well, Maybe) From This Bird

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A songbird, trapped in an airport, gets cute and playful; cue the inevitable video shares. But what are we missing, asks anthropologist Barbara J. King?

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Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Anthropologists have nailed down evidence that termite-fishing chimpanzees teach their kids — meeting the scientific criteria — and that's big news, says commentator Barbara J. King.

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Squids, Submersibles And Sewage: Glorious Graphic Science For Kids

Thursday, October 13, 2016

What lies beneath our feet or the ocean's waves? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says a new book will inspire children — and adults, too — to learn more about the science of our planet and our oceans.

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Stakes Grow Higher In The Cat-Bird Wars

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A new book — and an extraordinary backlash to it — has put poison, predator cats and at-risk wildlife front and center, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Is A 'Digital Detox' Vacation Right For You?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Do we really need to unplug to ensure the most satisfying vacations? Anthropologist Barbara J. King returns from Yellowstone National Park with a qualified "no."

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'Born To Run' Is A 500-Page Springsteen Show

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Can't see The Boss in concert? Pick up his new memoir, which begins with 7-year-old Springsteen watching Elvis on TV. From $3-a-night shows to swooning stadiums, it's a wild and well-written ride.

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Think You've Seen It All? This Atlas Might Change Your Mind

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Unless you have seen a garden of poisonous plants, a shrine to insects, or the bones of 1,000 ancient whales, you have more traveling to do, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Evolution Uproar: What To Do When A Famous Author Dismisses Darwin

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Evolution denial doesn't always spring from religion. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why Tom Wolfe's new book on speech requires careful scrutiny.

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Can Cute Virtual Reality Spiders Help Reduce Arachnophobia?

Thursday, September 01, 2016

If you're afraid of spiders, would you try a three-hour virtual reality app designed to reduce your fear? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at a new program called Itsy.

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