Why do cats knead? Why do dogs lick you? The science of quirky pets

Bella the beagle loves boxes from Amazon. She tears into them, while ignoring other deliveries. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post but has never met Bella.) Little Bit, a recently departed tortoiseshell cat, was similarly obsessed — but with socks. She would raid the laundry basket in the middle of the night and … Read more

Virus kills 100,000 cattle in India, threatens livelihoods

NEW DELHI (AP) — A viral disease has killed nearly 100,000 cows and buffaloes in India and sickened over 2 million more. The outbreak has triggered devastating income losses for cattle farmers since the disease not only results in deaths but can also lead to decreased milk production, emaciated animals, and birth issues. The disease, … Read more

Fish fossil catch from China includes the oldest teeth ever

NEW YORK (AP) — A big catch of fish fossils in southern China includes the oldest teeth ever found — and may help scientists learn how our aquatic ancestors got their bite. The finds offer new clues about a key period of evolution that’s been hard to flesh out because until now scientists haven’t found … Read more

Fish fossil catch from China includes the oldest teeth ever

NEW YORK (AP) — A big catch of fish fossils in southern China includes the oldest teeth ever found — and may help scientists learn how our aquatic ancestors got their bite. The finds offer new clues about a key period of evolution that’s been hard to flesh out because until now scientists haven’t found … Read more

There are 3 main attachment styles—here’s the type that ‘everyone should strive for,’ says therapist

Our attachment style is shaped and developed in early childhood by our relationships with our parents. According to the attachment theory, first developed by psychologist Mary Ainsworth and psychiatrist John Bowlby in the 1950s, we mirror the dynamics we had with our parents — or primary caregivers — as infants and children. As a therapist … Read more

‘Exceptional’ fossil suggests early birds were brainy Science

“Bird brain” insults be damned. The noggins of our flying friends are packed with neurons, and recent studies have shown birds can develop complex tools and even discriminate between paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. But this avian acumen is a recent developmentevolutionarily speaking, or does it trace back tens of millions of years? … Read more

Woman asks if she can take time off work after breakup. Do you think there should be a ‘heartbreak leave’?

Have you been through a tough breakup, the kind which left you feeling physically drained, so much so that you didn’t have the energy to go to work? Did you wish you could take a leave of absence for the heartbreak similar to the one offered for sick days? If your answer is yes, you … Read more

How a UCLA fish scientist helped the alien in Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ seems terrifyingly real

When Kelsi Rutledge came to UCLA to pursue graduate studies, she didn’t expect to land a side hustle in Hollywood. But her discovery of a new fish species attracted the attention of director Jordan Peele, and she enthusiastically accepted his invitation to help create a scientifically plausible alien for his latest movie, “Nope.” The movie, … Read more

32 pilot whales rescued out of 230 stranded in Australia

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wildlife experts on Thursday rescued 32 of the 230 whales that were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania a day earlier. Half the pod of pilot whales found stranded in Macquarie Harbor were presumed to still be alive on Wednesday, the Department … Read more

Bite-Size Science: A Pandemic of the Animal Kingdom? Bird flu outbreak spreads to marine mammal populations

While humans worry about the impending threats of COVID-19 and monkeypox, seals in the northeastern United States might have a different virus to worry about: bird flu. The marine mammals have come down this summer with a new strain of H5N1, which is believed to have spilled over to them from birds. The disease has … Read more