Barbara J King

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Beyond Gratitude: Pitching In To Rescue Animals

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Animal rescuers deserve our gratitude โ€” from Sumatra to LA โ€” this week and always, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. And, she says, it's easy for all of us to pitch in and become animal rescuers.


What Does It Mean To Be Intersex?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Most of us were taught as children that each person is born male or female. As anthropologist Barbara J. King explains, intersex people show us that it's not so simple.


Your Cat Doesn't Really Want To Kill You

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reports about how your cat "may want to kill you" have been circulating in recent days. Anthropologist and part-time cat wrangler Barbara J. King explains the science behind the claims.


After 27 Years, A Goodbye To College Teaching

Thursday, November 05, 2015

How do we prepare ourselves to leave a job we've loved? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why she chose to tell animal stories as her farewell to academic life.


When Should You Introduce A Child To Evolution?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores a new storybook that aims to teach 3- to 7-year-olds about their "grandmother fish" as a way into the concept of evolution.


Are We Becoming Overzealous About Breast-Feeding?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A new essay argues we've gone too far in pushing breast-feeding on American mothers. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores the data on breast-feeding's benefits.


Why Do European Zoos Kill Healthy Animals?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

As a young lion is set to be dissected Thursday for the education of schoolchildren at a Danish zoo, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores differences in zoo policies in the U.S. and Europe.


Are We Ex-Apes? A Story Of Human Evolution

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Whether humans are apes depends on culturally embedded ways we frame our work in science, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Should A Monkey Own A Copyright?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week, a lawsuit was filed for copyright ownership for a wild macaque named Naruto, who took the now-famous "monkey selfie." Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what the outcome could mean.


Carl Safina On Wild Wolves And Bottle-Fed Squirrels

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ecologist, activist and writer Carl Safina reflects on his observations of love and status-striving among wild wolves and discusses animal minds with anthropologist Barbara J. King.


A Love-Hate Relationship With Drones

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

As a new paper describes the planning skills of a drone-smashing chimpanzee whose video went viral, anthropologist Barbara J. King considers the risks and benefits of drones flying through our world.


What Is The Psychic Toll Of Gun Violence?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The likelihood that any one of us would be caught up in a mass shooting is low. But anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Is any one of us left unaffected by gun violence?


Pop Quiz: How Science-Literate Are We, Really?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As students return to school, anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests it's time for the rest of us to take a pop quiz designed to measure science literacy in the United States.


Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barbara J. King considers a new study that finds rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower in places with favorable natural amenities and climates than in other places.


Sharing Grief Across Species Lines

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores how she found her own grief eased after the death of her mother by helping a traumatized cat that had lost its human and animal families.


Are Whales And Dolphins Cultural Beings?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews two whale scientists who say the term "culture" shouldn't be reserved for human groups.


Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

This week, legal cases of athlete Dutee Chand and transgender teen Gavin Grimm put the spotlight on what it means to be a woman. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Who gets to choose one's gender?


Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Does it really make sense to feel such outrage for one lion that was killed in Africa? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why the answer is "yes."


Putting Spiders On Treadmills In Virtual-Reality Worlds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Matrix for spiders? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what scientists can learn about invertebrate perception and neurophysiology from chilling then magnetizing jumping spiders.


Powered By Plants On The Ultramarathon Trail

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Are vegan diets good for athletes? Ultrarunners, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, show us the answer is "yes."