Killer Kats
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Killer Kats

I first had the evils of adorable kittens pointed out to me by the superstar novelist Jonathan Franzen. Or, to be more accurate: by Walter Berglund, a character in Franzen’s spectacular novel, Freedom. Now, this Walter chap is a man whose views I can identify with–concerned (read: terrified) by the dangers of population growth and … Continue reading

Animals with personality
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Animals with personality

Is your pooch shy and unsociable? Is your cat a bold explorer of household cavities? As zoologists, we’re often warned against attributing animals with human characteristics, but that line is becoming blurred. Only in the last few decades has science confirmed what pet-owners have always maintained: animals do, indeed, have their own personalities! This revelation seems … Continue reading

Chew away the Blues
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Chew away the Blues

Feeling stressed, dull or even inattentive? Well chewing gum might be the solution! In recent years there has been a growing interest in the effect of chewing gum on brain function. One of the most consistently observed psychological effect of chewing gum has been positive alertness, for example limiting daytime sleepiness, improving multi-masking activities and … Continue reading