Pigeons are more intelligent than previously thought, according to researchers in the United States. Using touch screens to test the birds' problem-solving skills, University of Iowa scientists have demonstrated that pigeons can make considered choices while negotiating complex challenges presented by the widely-used "string task" intelligence test.
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Reuters (Mar. 20, 2013) A landmark study has concluded that almost one in five reptile species are threatened with extinction. The more than 200 world experts involved in the study say loss of habitat is the driving force ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Mar. 8, 2011) A UN food study has determined that the adoption of ecological agriculture in poorer nations could double their food production within a decade. The study draws an explicit connection between ... watch video
CBC (Dec. 16, 2010) The Canadian federal government wants to put a price tag on polar bears, and has commissioned a study to appraise the animal's value as a national icon. The outcome of the study will help determine ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Oct. 21, 2012) A major Chinese, British and German study of the mass species extinction 250 million years ago claims it was caused by high temperatures.
The joint study was published Friday in Science, one of the ... watch video
Sep. 3, 2015 The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. A study in mice reports that two of the most common antibiotic-resistant ... read more
Sep. 4, 2015 High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops. Now researchers have found specific proteins that allow plants to grow better ... read more
Sep. 4, 2015 Scientists studying how a heat-loving microbe transfers its DNA from one generation to the next say it could further our understanding of an extraordinary superbug. Sulfolobus is part of the Archaea ... read more
Sep. 4, 2015 A fourth wheat gene governing vernalization -- the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation -- has been identified, giving plant breeders one more tool for ... read more
Sep. 3, 2015 Orchids, a fantastically complicated and diverse group of flowering plants, have long blended the exotic with the beautiful. Previously, botanists have proposed more than a ... read more
Sep. 3, 2015 Researchers involved in an international collaboration across six institutions have successfully identified the exact composition of sea snake venom, which makes the future development of synthetic ... read more
Feb. 4, 2015 A new study finds pigeons can categorize 128 photographs into 16 categories of natural and humanmade objects, a skill researchers say is similar to the mechanism children use to learn ... read more
Aug. 27, 2014 Gamblers show the same tendencies as pigeons when they make risky decisions, new research has shown. Researchers conducted tests that found that both human gamblers and pigeons were 35% more likely ... read more
July 3, 2011 New research has shown that feral, untrained pigeons can recognize individual people and are not fooled by a change of clothes. Researchers have shown that pigeons in Paris city center, that have ... read more