Why Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats
Being sociable has its advantages—across more than 500 mammal species, animals that lived in social groups had bigger brains than those that lived by themselves.
Evolutionary biologists had long assumed brain size increased in mammals in a more or less consistent fashion, with each species gaining roughly the same boost relative to body size over time. However, Oxford researchers Dr. Susanne Shultz and Professor Robin Dunbar have revealed in their new study that the truth is a bit more complicated, and it's actually the sociability of a given species that determines brain size. Unsurprisingly, primate brains grew the most over time, followed by horses, dolphins, camels, and dogs. All these creatures tend to live in stable social groups. Solitary mammals, including everything from cats to rhinos, showed much slower brain size growth over the same evolutionary period.
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Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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