Monthly Archives: January 2018

Cockatoos outwit chimps, babies on intelligence tests

Cockatoos perform better than monkeys, chimpanzees and 1-year-old humans on a shape-matching test, and a few figured out a way to game the test and get a treat directly, researchers reported in PLOS ONE. Nonetheless — or, perhaps, consequently — the birds do not make good pets and are “very, very exhausting in a home environment,” said researcher Cornelia Habl.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/21)

Protein helps some rodents withstand prolonged exposure to the cold

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels can withstand prolonged cold thanks to a cold-sensing protein called TRPM8 in their peripheral nervous systems, according to a study published in Cell Reports. The finding not only gives researchers a new understanding of hibernation, it might lead to new therapies for the nerve disorder allodynia.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/27)