8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

The brain is an intriguing organ. Although we know a lot about the functioning of the human brain and animal brains there is still much about brains that allude us. Study on the brain is continuous and often scientists turn to animal brains in order to find out more about our human brain. You are probably wondering: What is so astounding about an animal’s brain? You may even ask: Aren’t all animal brains alike? Well here are eight neurological facts about animal’s brains that are sure to do more than raise a few eyebrows. These facts will throw all your […]

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

There’s always that one person at a party who says they’re notoriously bad with names or faces, but did you know that not being able to recognise someone can actually be the cause of a medical condition? Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, is a cognitive disorder where sufferers can’t recognise faces – even those most familiar to them, like their children, their spouses, their parents, and even their own. Other visual processes remain intact, though, so sufferers can still tell objects apart, they just can’t differentiate between peoples’ faces. To them, everyone looks the same. In best case scenarios, […]

Wojtek, The Army Bear Who Fought In WW2

Wojtek, The Army Bear Who Fought In WW2

Wojtek (Vojtek), the Syrian bear that garnered fame during the World War 2, led an interesting life, to say at least. This beer-drinking, Nazi-fighting bear was just a cub when he was found by the Polish army, but he went on to do great things that led to numerous statues of him being built. This is his story. Polish prisoners and an Iranian bear It was spring of 1942 and tens of thousands of polish prisoners, captured during the soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 where released from the soviet gulags in Siberia. These men and women, held in soviet […]

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Cats; love them or hate them, there’s no escaping their seemingly improbable nine lives. Part of this stems from the rumour that, no matter what the distance, a falling cat will always land on their feet. But is this the case? Do cats always land on their feet? Quite often, yes. This ability to right themselves has got many a cat out of a sticky situation; seemingly uninjured. So how do they do it? How can they land on their feet when many species (people included), can’t? The Why Before looking at the how, it is important to consider the […]

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

You might have seen images circling the internet that show “Photoshopped” images of dogs with unnaturally short backs and no necks. While it’s easy to think the images have been tampered with in some way to make them go viral, these dogs actually have a condition called Short Spine Syndrome – they haven’t been Photoshopped into weird goblin-like creatures. What exactly is Short Spine Syndrome? Short Spine Syndrome is a condition that affects very few dogs in the world (there have been less than 20 named). It’s where the vertebrae have been compressed together to shorten the vertebral column, and […]

Are Dogs Really Color Blind?

Are Dogs Really Color Blind?

Dogs are peoples loved companions. They play with us, snuggled with us and are very loyal. Dogs can be more than just furry friends, they can be the eyes of the blind, aid in search and rescue missions and can sniff out illegal substances. It is commonly believed that dogs do all these things while viewing the world in monochrome tones. But what if dogs have the ability to see in color? Could this mean that they can do tasks we thought were beyond their capacity? And could this mean that we can enrich their world with more colorful play […]

Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Forming the symbol of freedom and America, the noble icon of the bald eagle is one that’s both mysterious and fascinating. Their huge wingspans demand respect, and once you learn that the species almost completely vanished in the 20th century, they become that much more intriguing. Despite their common appearance on all things patriotic, there are a number of facts people don’t know about these graceful birds. Bald Eagles aren’t “bald” It’s easy to see these birds aren’t bald in the truest sense, so you might be wondering where their name comes from. In actual fact, the “bald” part refers […]

Planet 9 May be Stalking the Solar System

Planet 9 May be Stalking the Solar System

Planet 9 is the next big thing in the Solar System. Not literally, of course. It’s more massive than Pluto, though that’s not saying much. It’s likely sitting out in the chilly Kuiper belt. And it may be an indicator that there is more going on outside of edge of our neighborhood than we previously thought. When researchers at Caltech announced the possible discovery of a ninth planet, the “Plutocrats” quickly jumped online and furious clicked their way to disappointment. No, this wasn’t a stunning reversal of the 2006 vote by the International Astronomical Union to officially reclassify Pluto as […]

The Mystery Of The Loneliest Whale In The World

The Mystery Of The Loneliest Whale In The World

For more than 20 years now, there is a unique song that is echoing through the Pacific Ocean. This song, of a very singular whale that is calling out in search of company, on a frequency like no other, has baffled scientist and captivated imagination of laymen for decades. The story of a whale nicknamed simply “52” begins in 1989 when a US Navy hydrophone array picked up an unusual signal. This facility, that was used to detect submarines during the cold war, prior to being declassified and repurposed for oceanographic research, discovered a series of whale songs that were […]

Maximón: In Mayan Guatemala, One Legendary Bad-ass has Become a God

Maximón: In Mayan Guatemala, One Legendary Bad-ass has Become a God

Beloved by the Maya of western highland Guatemala, Maximón (pronounced Ma-shee-moan) is part ancient Mayan deity, part Catholic saint, part archetypal trickster. His complex character resonates with ancient religious associations between fertility, virility, the underworld, black magic, and sin. He is the patron saint of travelers and gamblers, and an associate of the devil according to the Catholic Church. A name with many meanings Many people identify him with the ancient Mayan underworld earth-god, Mam (or Ma’am) and may call him Rilaj Mam or “Great Grandfather.” In the local Mayan tongues “Ma” is an honorific title, similar to “Sir” or […]

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