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Rare sightings suggest mountain gorillas may delight in water play

Some rare sightings of mountain gorillas splashing in water on their own suggest that our cousin primates play not just to learn skills but to have fun.

New electric eel species packs most powerful punch

According to a new study, the infamous electric eel is not one species, but three; and one of the newly named species has a record breaking discharge.

How birds let squirrels know when it’s safe to relax

Scientists know that squirrels respond to birds’ threat calls. A new study finds that the chatter of birds at rest informs them when danger has passed.

Why do female bonobos have more sex with each other than with males?

Female bonobos have frequent sexual interactions with other females — more so than they do with males. A new study aims to find out why.

How selective breeding has altered dogs’ behavior

Different breeds of dogs display distinctive behaviors, but why? It may all come down to differences in brain structure following selective breeding.

Wolves more socially cooperative than dogs, study finds

A new study supports the idea that prosocial behavior is ancestral and not the result of domestication, as wolves prove more prosocial than pack dogs.

3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health

Are you scared or fascinated by crawling, flying, scurrying critters? This Spotlight feature explains how creepy crawlies may forward clinical research.

Exploring spider venom’s dual attack

A study of spider venom looks deeper into its molecular makeup than ever before. The findings may lead to treatments for neurological conditions.

Which people foods are safe for dogs?

Foods that are safe for people can often be harmful to dogs, while others are nutritious for dogs to eat in moderation. Here, learn which human foods dogs can eat and which not to feed them.

Dogs: Our best friends in sickness and in health

Dogs really are a person’s best friend — not least because they impact both our physical and our mental health. In this Spotlight, we explain why and how.