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William Horka
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Two elephants solve a modified string-pulling test requiring social cognition (from BBC Earth's Super Smart Animals).

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"[E]ven though they lack the abilities we consider might be necessary for the development of medical knowledge — namely, humanlike language — chimps practice a form of rudimentary medicine. They know enough about the plants around them to treat illness."

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"Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna along with their counterparts at the University of Oxford have found that the Goffin’s cockatoo, a non-nesting bird, is able to repeatedly solve the same problem using different materials to each time to do so. The experiment involved three captive birds, Figaro, Dolittle and Kiwi, who all had experience solving the problem previously."

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"A new imaging study shows that dogs’ brains respond to actual words, not just the tone in which they’re said...

the dogs processed the meaningful words in the left hemisphere of the brain, just as humans do... [and] processed intonation in the right hemisphere of their brains, also like humans. And when they heard words of praise delivered in a praising tone, yet another part of their brain lit up: the reward area. Meaning and tone enhanced each other. 'They integrate the two types of information to interpret what they heard, just as we do,' [lead researcher Attila] Andics says."

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More great research into avian intelligence from Irene Pepperberg and team: pattern recognition of partially occluded figures and transference of object recognition from 3-space (real objects) to 2-space (drawings). An especially tricky task with the drawn figures partially composed of negative space.

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"Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have [designed] the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of zero, meaning that the phase of light can travel infinitely fast."

"This uniform phase allows the light to be stretched or squished, twisted or turned, without losing energy. A zero-index material that fits on a chip could have exciting applications, especially in the world of quantum computing."

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Are microservices right for you?

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A recent chimpanzee study observed play behavior in juveniles,  and identified different play and object manipulation behavior patterns in males versus females. "The sex bias for object manipulation the researchers found in juvenile chimpanzees is also found in human children" -- suggesting commonality with an earlier ancestor.
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