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Today’s news: Monsters in Minnesota and super awesome wind farms

August 10, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Chimpanzees not as selfish as we thought. It was previously believed that chimpanzees are heartless assholes who are only out for themselves. A new study confirms that this isn’t the case so maybe scientists should apologize to chimps everywhere. The study found that, similar to other mammals, chimpanzees help out their fellow monkey based on empathy. The study tested if chimps would keep more food just for themselves, or if they would pick options that let other chimpanzees have food too. And guess what? They always let their other chimps have some food. We wish we could share food like that. (Discovery News)

Awww look, they're playing nice!

2. Two new bee species discovered. A preserve in Oklahoma is the home of two new bee species. This is excellent news as bees have been in serious trouble lately. The bees seem to be native to the Southern Plains. (Care2)

3. Mystery Minnesota monster sparks speculation. A mysterious animal found in Minnesota has some people speculating if it’s a monster. We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that the answer is that this is not a monster – but it sure is weird looking. The animal is white, the size of a small dog, and looks like it has Wolverine-like claws. The usual suspects – government experiment, chupacabra’s and more – are all being tossed around as explanations. Some biologists think it’s probably a deformed badger but plan on doing genetic analysis. (Discovery News)

4. Dog helps rape victim testify. A 15-year-old girl who was testifying against her sexually abusive father got help on the witness stand from a golden retriever therapy dog. The dog, Rosie, is now at the center of an appeals battle by the defense. Therapy dogs in the court room are a growing trend, and proponents say they give vulnerable witnesses the strength to testify. Opponents claim they can unfairly sway the jury. (NY Times)

5. Offshore wind farm protects marine life. In addition to providing clean energy, a wind farm in the North Sea might also be creating a marine sanctuary. Since ships need to avoid the turbines, ocean creatures are benefiting from a decrease in human activity. Also awesome? The wind farm was so far offshore that it posed no threat to birds. That’s like a win-win-win situation. (Discovery News)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 13, 2011 12:08 am

    The courtroom helper dogs are great. We all know how comforting animals can be. I hope more places allow these therapy animals in the future.

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