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Dolphins Don't Need Sleep FOR TWO WEEKS!!!

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Sleep?!?!?! We don't need so stinkin sleep!!!

Researchers have found out that dolphins are swimming machines who can swim for two straight weeks.

Dolphins are not super huge fans of sharks so they are always on the lookout for the giant predators.

Marine biologists have studied the dolphin brain and they believe that these majestic creatures can sleep with "half of their brain."

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China Creates A Cat Army

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China Creates A Cat Army

What haven't we thought of this??

Over 150 stray cats have been drafted into a prestigious special ops unit the Chinese media has dubbed "The Cat Army."

From what we understand they're a lot like Seal Team 6 — only instead of destroy terrorists they're battling rats. LOL.

Yes, the rodent problem has become such a huge issue pasture lands Bole that the government has had to intervene.

The Huffington Post says that the cats were brought in, along with tons of poisonous rat pellets, and May from June that rat holes had decreased by more than half!!

We are totes impressed! 'Merica needs to get onto of this new military intelligence.

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Freida Pinto On Working With Animals

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Freida Pinto loves animals

Not sure she's an expert.

India's hottest seskiest Freida Pinto, who just finished filming Rise Of The Planet of the Apes with James Franco, loves animals but apparently has a little fear of actually handling them!

Freida plays Caroline a primatologist in the Apes saga in which dangers of science leads to intelligence in apes and a challenge to humans as the dominant species on the planet.

Says the actress:

"I am interested in animals but I don't think I am particularly good with animals because I do have a little fear in me. I don't know what it is or where it comes from, but I love watching animals. I love dogs and I think they are the easiest animals to deal with. In APES, we did not have to deal with real animals which I feel is one of the highlights of the film!"

Well, no wonder Freida enjoyed her experience working on the film there were NO REAL animals involved! LOLZ!

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Get It Polly! Dancing Bird Shocks Scientists

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Work you body feathers right!

Snowball, the dancing cockatoo is forcing scientists to re-evaluate their opinion on bird intelligence.

His dancing antics have made him an youtubes superstar while scientists are hailing his moves as proof that humans aren't the only creatures with a sense of rhythm.

Using scientific measurements of synchronisation, they proved that the musical beats and dancing were linked up.

They studied each video frame by frame, comparing the speed of the music and the movements of the creatures.

Suspect videos - where the music appeared to have been added afterwards - were ignored, as were videos where an animal could have been following movements offscreen.

From more than 1,000 videos, they found evidence that 14 species of parrot and one species of elephant can move in time to music.

Chimpanzees, dogs and cats appeared to have no sense of rhythm.

HA!

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Talk To Dolphins With New Technology

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CRAZINESS!!!!!!

A diver carrying a computer that tries to recognise dolphin sounds and generate responses in real time will soon attempt to communicate with wild dolphins off the coast of Florida.

If the bid is successful, it will be a big step towards two-way communication between humans and dolphins.

Since the 1960s, captive dolphins have been communicating via pictures and sounds. In the 1990s, researchers in Hawaii, found that bottlenose dolphins can keep track of over 100 different words. They can also respond appropriately to commands in which the same words appear in a different order, understanding the difference between "bring the surfboard to the man" and "bring the man to the surfboard", for example.

Artificial intelligence researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, are working a project named Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). They want to work with dolphins to "co-create" a language that uses features of sounds that wild dolphins communicate with naturally.

If this works we're betting fish will be a hot topic.

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Science Says Humans Aren't The Only Foodies

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Planet of the Awesome!

In the first study of its kind, scientists have learned that apes share details about food and food quality with each other.

Researchers say bonobos have a combination of five distinct calls used for food reviews, suggesting the extensive intelligence and language and listening skills of the species.

When they find food, bonobos communicate to others with a grunt as do their chimpanzee cousins. But bonobos add a few more calls.

Recorded calls from bonobos at Twycross Zoo in Britain found they made a series of low peeps and yelps when they encountered an unappetizing batch of apples.

But they used higher pitched long barks with short peeps to share when they found their favorite food, kiwis, and became more vocal when they were in a good foraging spot for their favorite food.

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Are Girl Dogs Smarter Than Boy Dogs?

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Shout out to my bitches!

Turns out female dogs might have a leg up on males when it comes to detecting the unexpected.

In an experiment designed to mess with their furry heads, females took note of a surprising outcome while males apparently remained oblivious.

The team designed an experiment to test whether the dogs would notice a ball that inexplicably grew or shrank.

In some trials, for instance, a tennis ball-sized ball would roll behind a screen, and after a short wait, a larger ball would appear on the other side. (Young babies don’t seem to notice this violation of how the world normally works, but start to react to the weirdness during the first year of life.)

The researchers can’t tell if males really don’t perceive the difference, or do detect it but don't care.

Whether a dog had been neutered didn’t seem to make a difference in the experiment.

One neuroscientist noted that females need to effectively nurture offspring, and that might have provided very strong pressure to set up this behavioral difference.

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