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Mother nature invented the gear

Humans came up with the invention of the gear in mechanics, but it seems at least one insect beat them to it. The appropriately-named planthopper uses gears in its hind legs to leap on a level Superman might be amazed to see. An article posted September 12 in the Health & Science section of the […]

USFWS puts the brakes on wolf delisting proposal

At least for now, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has halted a peer-review process for removing wolves from the Endangered Species List. Defenders of Wildlife reports 16 respected scientists were barred from advising on the proposal. An email I received today includes a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife:  “While […]

Video: Was Mars Once Like Earth?

This BBC video explores some of the latest findings from the Mars Curiosity Rover. PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion – teamed with Science and Logic

Important study shows dogs recognize the faces of their own species

An important study is advancing our knowledge of dogs, in showing they can recognize other dogs of their specific species, by viewing images of their faces. Scientific American published the findings. And in the article I found about this news, I really like some other statements made about dogs, including this – “” When interacting […]

Great Bumper Sticker

Just prior to Christmas, I saw a great bumper sticker in a grocery-store parking lot. The slogan should be understood by a number of politicians – and voters. Belief is no substitute for knowledge And I’ll add – Propaganda should not trump science.

Scientific American lists the Top 10 Science Stories of 2012

Scientific American covers a vast array of topics in its publication and on its website. This week, it list the Top 10 Science Stories of 2012. One of the most troubling stories on the list, as it relates to our regular topics here at Pack Mentality, is the record loss of Arctic sea ice. This […]

Amazing advancement in treating paralysis in dogs

Multiple news sources are reporting this week on an amazing advancement in treating paralysis in dog, where olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC), which the body uses for the repair of nerve fibres in the nose, are being used on spinal injuries. Smithsonian.com notes the nose is the only part of the body where nerve fibers continue to […]

Study shows baboons have rudimentary reading skills

A French university study has found baboons could very well have rudimentary reading skills. The baboons have been able to distinguish between actual words and scrambled letters. Four-year-old Dan has an 80-percent success rate in identifying words and has reportedly learned 308 four-letter words. An Associated Press reports makes this assertion – “” The study […]