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Barbara J King

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Sharing Grief Across Species Lines

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A few months ago, a 10-year-old gray-and-white cat called Bootsie was taken, together with his mother and brother, to an animal shelter in Virginia. The caretakers of the cats said they were just too old to care for animals anymore.

Bootsie's mother and brother were sent away to another animal ...

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Are Whales And Dolphins Cultural Beings?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The idea that our oceans teem with cultural animals — and have for millions of years — is the central conclusion of a new book by two whale scientists. And it's a convincing one.

Whales and dolphins, as they forage for food and interact with each other in their social ...

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Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

This week, Switzerland's Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the Indian sprinter Dutee Chand may race as a woman in international competition.

This decision is significant because, just last year, Chand was denied by track and field's governing body (the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF) the right ...

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Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cecil the lion's slaughter at the hands of trophy hunters in Zimbabwe has lit up the Internet and social media with protest and outrage in recent days.

Earlier this month, an American dentist from Minnesota named Walter Palmer paid hunting fees to organizers in Zimbabwe; either these local men, ...

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Putting Spiders On Treadmills In Virtual-Reality Worlds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The methodology described in a recent study, a peer-reviewed paper on animal behavior — in which biologists Tina Peckmezian and Phillip W. Taylor of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, worked with 56 female jumping spiders — is fascinating.

Here's what the biologists did:

First, the spiders were ...

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Powered By Plants On The Ultramarathon Trail

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, crossing 14 states for a total of 2,189 miles. This past Sunday, ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek completed a thru-hike of the AT in record-breaking time: 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes.

Given ...

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'Skyfaring': The Poetry And Science Of Air Travel

Thursday, July 09, 2015

In an episode of the Netflix program Sense8, the character Capheus suddenly finds himself an aircraft passenger alongside Riley, another "sensate" to whom he is mysteriously connected emotionally. Flying from London to Reykjavik, Riley is bored, her eyes dulled even as spectacular white clouds drift past her window. Capheus, ...

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Great White Sharks And The Thrill Of Unseen Nature

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Last Thursday, boat captain Giancarlo Thomae — flying in a helicopter over the Aptos, Calif., coastline — spotted and photographed what he called a "once in a lifetime event." There were 15 great white sharks swimming within a quarter-mile radius of the grounded SS Palo Alto ("the cement ...

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In 'Soul Of An Octopus,' An Invertebrate Steals Our Hearts

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Once a month, The New York Times Book Review includes animals as a category in its best-selling books list. This past Sunday, an invertebrate cracked the top group.

Coming in 10th — after books about birds, dogs, wolves, sheep and elephants — was Sy Montgomery's The Soul ...

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Justice Scalia And The Age Of Humanity

Friday, June 19, 2015

Earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a commencement address to the graduating class of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md.

According to the Washington Post, Scalia drew laughter and applause as he spoke to the 79 graduates of the all girls' ...

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For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In 1982, anthropologist Adrienne Zihlman, now professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, published The Human Evolution Coloring Book. Students of biological anthropology were invited to learn about DNA, genes, monkeys and apes — and the fossils, tools and evolutionary relationships of our human ancestors ...

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Declaring The Discovery Of A New Species Can Get Tricky

Friday, June 05, 2015

May was an exciting month for new discoveries that add to our knowledge of human evolution during the period around 3 million years ago. This is before the origin of the genus Homo, 2.8 million years ago, and during the time when Australopithecus afarensis (the famous "Lucy") lived in East ...

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Viewing Octopus Choreography In Captivity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, crafted in 2012 by a group of international scientists, states that octopuses — the only invertebrate animals mentioned — are conscious animals capable of intentional behavior. Books, articles and blog posts tout octopus intelligence.

Recently, I spent the morning behind the ...

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Is The War On Fat Harming Our Children?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

America's ongoing war on fat, which aims to save this country — and especially its young people — from a costly and damaging epidemic of obesity, turns out to be dangerous all on its own: It exacts a severe psychological and physical toll on the very individuals it purports to ...

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The Role Of Science In A Push For Animal Liberation

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Last Friday in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer asked which contemporary practices will be deemed "abominable" in the future, in the way that we today think of human enslavement.

He then offered his own opinion:

"I've long thought it will be our treatment of animals. I'm convinced that ...

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France's 'New' Prehistoric Cave Art: The Real Thing?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Starting around 35,000 years ago, our ancestors painted — with accurate lines and glorious colors — images of lions, bison, mammoth, rhinoceroses, horses and even an owl on the walls of what is now called Chauvet Cave in south-central France.

If you have seen Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten ...

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Is It Sexist To Say That Women Are Superior To Men?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Women are not equal to men; they are superior in many ways, and in most ways that will count in the future. It is not just a matter of culture or upbringing. It is a matter of chromosomes, genes, hormones, and nerve circuits. It is not mainly because of ...

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Ready To Try Some Free-Range Parenting?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In a radio interview with WBUR's Tom Ashbrook on March 26 , dinosaur paleontologist Scott Sampson, who's also the author of How to Raise a Wild Child, said that the average child in the U.S. today spends between 4 and 7 minutes outdoors daily — a 90 ...

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Male Dolphins Form Complex Alliances When Aiming To Control Females

Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Outside of humans, the most complex alliances known are found in a population of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops cf. aduncus, in Shark Bay, Western Australia."

This arresting sentence adorns the first paragraph of a paper — titled "Male dolphin alliances in Shark Bay: changing perspectives in a 30-year study" — ...

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This Gibbon Knows Life's A Balancing Act

Sunday, March 29, 2015

At the Monkeyland Sanctuary in South Africa, an 8-year-old white-handed gibbon walks the tightrope of a suspension bridge with admirable nerve and skill:

The gibbon, a female named Siam, was filmed in 2013 (though I first saw the clip this week) at the outdoor sanctuary that rescued her from ...

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