From Letterman the other night: a performance by the holographic Hatsune Miku. Out of all the late night shows, Letterman still gets the best bands
I’ve read some really amazing books so far in 2014 and I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to read them as well! So I’m hosting a giveaway!
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- The giveaway is international thanks to thebookdepository
- The giveaway ends November 1st at 12pm eastern time.
- The winner gets to choose ONE of the books above
- The winner has 48 hours to respond to me, or another will be chosen
- Any other questions just ask
May the odds be ever in your favour.
More research telling us what we already knew: Tortoises have great memories and problem solving skills!
No surprise to those of us who cater to the needs of our own shell friends, results of a recent study show that tortoises have good memories. Findings went beyond just ‘good memory’ but found that tortoises (Greek tortoises in this case) have the ability to remember and apply the knowledge acquired later, in problem solving situations.
University of Derby Zoology graduate Alexandra Glavaschi, and lecturer in vertebrate biology Nel Beaumont, designed an experiment to explore the cognitive processes of Greek tortoises. They tested the tortoises ability to differentiate between shapes and use this knowledge to escape from a cardboard box.
"A number of wild Greek tortoises were placed in a box with four exits, each with a different shape on it and only one of which opened.
Each tortoise was tested ten times and the time it took them to escape was significantly reduced by the last trial. The results suggest that the tortoises used the shapes as cues, enabling them to escape more quickly each time.”
The rapidly growing, body of research surrounding behavior and cognition of tortoises is raising awareness of the intelligence of these awesome creatures that some silly humans call “pet rocks”.
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