When will we learn to talk to animals?

Noting that speech is not the only way of communication, scientists believe that one day we will solve the communication between animals and understand them better. Gorilla Koko can understand 2,000 words, but she cannot express herself verbally because her physiological structure is not suitable, but she can express her intentions with sign language. So …

Endangered ferrets get COVID-19 vaccine

In the US, endangered black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) have received their vaccinations with an experimental animal-specific COVID-19 vaccine. One hundred and twenty members of this weasel species, once thought to be completely extinct, in Colorado have been vaccinated. It is stated that ferrets are highly susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. After the …

The intriguing science of fungi: Mycology

  Without mushrooms, life is not possible! Although fungi have a great impact on living things, research on fungi is not given much importance. But mycologist Merlin Sheldrake is trying to change that: “Mushrooms are everywhere, and mushrooms are the future,” he says, explaining why mycology is on the rise and why it’s important. Merlin …

The most social animal family: Canids

Dogs, wolves, foxes and jackals make up the canidae family. Canids occur on every continent of the world, but are generally common in the Northern Hemisphere. The largest one is the gray wolf with a body length of 1.60 meters, and the smallest is the 24 cm long Saharan fox. The friendship between dog and …

Why are most mammoth fossils male?

Swedish scientists have offered an explanation for why there are more male mammoth fossils in Siberia. Accordingly, female mammoths roamed in groups led by an experienced female. Whereas male mammoths living alone were at higher risk of dying in natural traps, the researchers say. Male mammoths drowned in swamps or fell into cliffs. Such environments …

Anatolia, the homeland of cauliflower

Cauliflower is also in the cruciferous family, which includes cabbage, kale, radish, mustard, red radish, arugula, and broccoli. The word cauliflower means “cabbage flower” in Latin. (eng: cauliflower) The homeland of cauliflower is Anatolia. It is derived from wild cabbage. It has undergone great changes over thousands of years, and appeared in today’s Turkey and …

Do animals have a sense of humor?

We have countless reasons to laugh: verbal jokes, juggling, tickling… But is humor unique to the human species? In short, no. But it also depends on how humor is defined. For millennia, philosophers and psychologists have struggled to define precisely what constitutes the concept of humor. The most well-known of the numerous theories they have …

Transgenic animals and their importance in experimental medicine

Today, thanks to gene transfer methods, animals that carry the genes of a foreign species in their genomes and exhibit these characteristics in their phenotype; They are called “transgenic organisms”. We can also see these genetically modified animals as “biofactories”. Recombinant protein production, establishment of disease models, development of high yielding breeds and xenotransplantation studies …

Only ‘1’ mutation may have given rise to the modern human brain

Studies of lab-grown “mini-brains” suggest that a mutation in the brain of our ancestors may have created the modern human mind.How did we develop such advanced cognitive abilities that led to complex language, literature, and engineering? How does the modern human brain differ from the brains of our closest evolutionary relatives, such as Neanderthals and …

Why don’t male mosquitoes bite?

Only female mosquitoes bite us. Male mosquitoes are not very adept at locating humans, they lack needles that allow them to penetrate the skin, and have even been found to refuse blood nutrients in laboratory studies. According to a new study by researchers from Rockefeller University in the USA, all mosquitoes have the nerve and …