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What makes female birds swoon? Big brains

World / Science & Health Jan 11, 2019

What makes female birds swoon? Big brains

Male birds are often the ones with the most vibrant feathers, or the most elaborate songs, but researchers said Thursday that what lady birds could really appreciate is a male who shows his intelligence. The report in the journal Science aligns with one of Charles ...

South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery

World / Offbeat Dec 23, 2018

South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery

His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the growth. Musa Manzini's guitar-playing helped guide the medical team in their delicate task while preserving neural pathways, said ...

Birds that blush: scientists document macaw mystery

World / Science & Health Aug 23, 2018

Birds that blush: scientists document macaw mystery

Have you ever heard of macaws that blush? Researchers still don't quite understand how it works, but a French team has observed the phenomenon multiple times in a group of five captive blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna). They published their findings Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. Blue-and-yellow ...

World / Science & Health Jun 29, 2018

Crows 'reverse engineer' tools from memory: study

New Caledonian crows use mental pictures to twist twigs into hooks and make other tools, according to a provocative study that suggests the notoriously clever birds pass on successful designs to future generations, a hallmark of culture. "We find evidence for a specific type of ...