Tag Archive for intelligence

Bird is the word: Four swans a-surfing

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Surfin’ birds! Birds do the darndest things. Video: Four black swans spotted surfing in Australia – Telegraph. A group of black swans have been filmed surfing off a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast, to the astonishment swimmers. Birds just wanna have fun… A video of a crow sledding down a snowy roof on a jar…

*Knock, knock* Who is it?

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I TOTALLY love this video. Are Snakes Smart Enough to Open Doors | How Smart Are Snakes | LiveScience. Notice this is a certain kind of door handle, that just needs a bit of downward pressure, not a twist. But I do love how the snake goes *splat* and the woman says “Good job”. I…

Standard test of IQ is misleading, new study says

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IQ is in question Western University-led research debunks the IQ myth After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, a Western University-led research team has concluded that the notion of measuring one’s intelligence quotient or IQ by a singular, standardized test is highly misleading. The findings from the landmark study, which included more than…

Becoming dumb? Have you SEEN all the things I have to figure out today?

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Is pampered humanity getting steadily less intelligent? | guardian.co.uk. Humans reached a peak of intelligence more than 2,000 years ago and it’s been downhill ever since, a scientist speculates Since modern humans emerged from the evolutionary brambles of our ancient ancestry, our bodies and minds have been transforming under the pressures of natural and sexual…

Crows can reason about hidden causes, study finds

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We’ve long known that crows are smarties. Turns out they may be able to reason far more than we expected. Whodunit? Crows Ask That Question, Too. New Caledonian crows can also reason about hidden mechanisms, or “causal agents,” a team of scientists report Sept. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It’s…

Social networking dolphins

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Divided dolphin societies merge ‘for first time’. A unique social division among a population of bottlenose dolphins in Australia’s Moreton Bay has ended, according to a new study. The dolphins lived as two distinct groups that rarely interacted, one of which foraged on trawler bycatch. But scientists think that a ban on fishing boats from…

Gorillas uses guerilla tactics against poachers

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Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps—A First Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene. “This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that ……