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Have you ever been at a party with lots of people chatting away, when for some unexplainable reason you felt compelled to turn and look at the front door of your friend’s house…and just as you were looking, someone was just coming in from outside and closing the door? You couldn’t have heard the door…

She: “What are you writing about?” Me: “Cognition in cold-blooded animals.” She: “Hot.” Most people who study cognition focus on mammals or birds. But I hope I’ve convinced you that other animals are important to investigate as well. One research group at the University of Vienna likes cold-blooded critters. Turtles and lizards and such. They…

Altruistic Tortoises?

This video has been winding its way through the interwebs. It’s pretty neat, but is it truly a case of tortoise altruism? Who knows. We don’t know anything about those specific turtles or that specific situation. We don’t know if they’re kin, we don’t know if they’re trained, if they’re pets or wild, we don’t…