Birds aren’t usually the first animal that people think about when they think about smart animals. In English, calling someone birdbrained means that they are stupid. And saying something is ‘for the birds’ means that it’s trivial or worthless. However, these expressions couldn’t be more off base. Some birds, particularly crows, can be amazingly smart. In fact, their problem-solving abilities are as good as those of a seven-year-old child.
The Smell of Romance
Pheromones are chemical scents that animals naturally give off, which influence behavior. If you’ve ever been attracted to someone and didn’t know why maybe your nose was subconsciously guiding you.
Delayed Gratification – The Secret to Success?
Delayed gratification means giving up pleasure now to get a greater reward in the future. We cut down on the junk food today, so we look good at the beach next summer. We save money now, so we can relax in retirement. We all delay gratification to some degree, and it starts at a young age.
Fighting The Drug War On A Different Frontier
The war on drugs costs the United States 47 billion dollars a year. In 2016, the U.S. jailed two million people for drug offenses. And in 2017, 72,000 people died from accidental drug overdoses. It’s safe to say the conflict has been a costly failure. In 2014, journalist Johann Hari began studying the root causes of addiction. He asked why are we at war with drug addicts? Is it the illegality of drugs that destroys addicts, or the drugs themselves? When societies ban a drug and then they criminalize its users aren’t they barking up the wrong tree?
Your Life in Numbers
Do you know how much sleep you had last night? Do you know if you had any dreams? What about how long you dreamt? I don’t, but there are a growing number of people who do.
Dr. Patrick Byrne is one of the world’s top plastic surgeons in the world and Sherrie’s doctor. He had the idea to grow a replacement ear on Sherrie’s arm. The doctor took tissue from her rib and molded it into the shape of an ear. The tissue was then put under the skin of her arm to grow for months. After the ear was ready, it was time to take it off her arm and put it on the side of her head.
Want To Eat Healthier? Try Sleeping More
Are you a healthy eater? Trying to eat healthy might be more difficult if you aren’t getting enough sleep. Researchers from Columbia University scanned the brains of 25 men and women, while they looked at pictures of food. Before they were tested, they were kept in a lab for 5 days.