New research shows that the human brain responds to animals like no other person, place, or thing.
The studies co-author Ralph Adolphs explained to Discovery News that –
"it is important for the brain to be able to rapidly detect animals. The reasons for this are probably several, but would likely include the need to avoid predators and catch prey."
The scientists found that neurons in the right amygdala (one of the two almond-shaped groups of neurons located deep within the brain) responded preferentially to pictures of animals, whether they were of cute little critters or threatening big beasts.
The research suggest that animals may even affect our emotions.
This is the most adorable thing to happen in a lab!
British scientists are sparing no expense to treat a very special patient with epilepsy: A 154-pound turtle named Snorkel.
The loggerhead turtle has had many health problems, including epilepsy for the past 11 years.
She has been at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and, according to the Sun, worried keepers recently went to the unusual expense of getting her an MRI scan on a machine usually used for obese people to see if she has a brain tumor. LOLZ!