Dolphins Are Multilingual?

Before we know it they’ll be speaking French. Dolphins are so intelligent they can learn to speak a second language – in their sleep. Captive dolphins in in Port-Saint-Père, France have been recorded sleep talking, scientists have found. But bizarrely, as they rest at night, the aquatic mammals are not making dolphin sounds but whale-like noises. Péos, Mininos, Cécil, Teha, and Amtan, who were born in captivity, have only ever heard whale sounds as recordings, Science magazine reported. If the sounds are confirmed to be ‘whale’, it would be the first known instance of dolphins remembering a particular noise and repeating it ‘later’, researchers say.” w/ photos

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Rats Have Empathy?

With a few liberating swipes of their paws, a group of research rats freed trapped labmates and raised anew the possibility that empathy isn’t unique to humans and a few extra-smart animals, but is widespread in the animal world. Though more studies are needed on the rats’ motivations, it’s at least plausible they demonstrated ‘emphatically motivated pro-social behavior.’ People would generally call that helpfulness, or even kindness. ‘Rats help other rats in distress. That means it’s a biological inheritance,’ said neurobiologist Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago. ‘That’s the biological program we have.’ In a study published in Science, Mason and University of Chicago psychologists Jean Decety and Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal describe their rat empathy-testing apparatus: An enclosure into which pairs of rats were placed, with one roaming free and the other restrained inside a plastic tube. It could only be opened from the outside, which is exactly what the free rats did — again and again and again, seemingly in response to their trapped companions’ distress.” w/ photo + video

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3D Drawing Pad

If you’ve ever wanted to work in 3D, but lack the artistic or computering know-how, we have a low-tech solution with the 3D Drawing Pad. Each page is a stereographic background for your writing or drawing. Put on the 3D specs and see your lines float above the page! The colored filters in the 3D specs allow each eye to only see the opposite color on the stereoscopic graph. As the brain fuses the two graphs together our focal point is pushed backwards creating the illusion of depth. As your drawing in black ink is seen by both eyes it remains at its normal focal distance, appearing to float above the page.” w/ photos

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Top 10 Travel Scams To Watch Out For

“Traveling is generally an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it doesn’t take much to ruin a good trip. Every day, unsuspecting tourists fall victim to sneaky travel scams. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or quaint of a location, there are always scammers waiting to prey on naive, money-toting vacationers. Most scams can be prevented by using your common sense, while others are trickier and harder to spot. Before you travel domestically or internationally, it’s a good idea to do your homework and brush up on these 10 common travel scams.” w/ photos

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