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Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have obtained the first-ever video from the point of view of free-roaming polar bears in the Arctic. They attached cameras to the collars of four female polar bears living on sea ice north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The video, which was shot in April, shows the bears hunting, eating, swimming and taking part in pre-mating rituals. The bears wore the collars for 8 to 10 days. Researchers are studying the footage and hoping to learn more about the animals’ behaviors and how they might be affected by sea ice conditions, as well as other factors. The research is part of the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative and the Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, which is being drafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. — Watch it at Discovery News
Researchers from the University of Minneapolis have found that rats express regret both through their behavior and their neural activity. The rats in the study were trained to run a “choice” maze. There were four spokes in the maze — three with different flavored foods and one with unflavored food. When the rats got to a spoke, they heard a sound that indicated how long they’d have to wait to get the food. Then they’d decide to wait or move to the next spoke. When the rats passed up food at one spoke and moved on to the next only to find out they’d have to wait even longer, they would look back to the previous spoke and the specific nerve cell pattern in their brains that represented the first choice would light up, indicating the rat’s regret. The findings were published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. — Read it at National Geographic
A review of every meeting of the World Health Organization since its formation in 1948 shows three diseases that greatly impact human and animal health in developing nations — anthrax, brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis — haven’t gotten the money and recognition needed to fight them effectively. Zoonotic diseases, which spread between animals and humans, are common in societies with widespread poverty, where people rely on animals for their livelihood. The diseases have been eliminated or brought under control in more developed countries, say researchers with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. — Read it at Medical Express
Nearly three years after Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was killed in Afghanistan, his military working dog has been adopted his family. The Diaz family’s request to adopt Dino had initially been denied, but Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus decided to approve the request late last month. A special ceremony was held at Camp Pendleton in California Saturday, where the Diaz family formally adopted Dino. "We know that he's not going to replace Christopher, but what he will do is give us a little bit of what Christopher loved and that was the Marine Corps, that was Dino," said the fallen Marine’s father, Salvador Diaz. — Watch it at The Indy Channel
The New York Times has come up with its own list about a site famous for its lists. In the Times’ 15 crazy facts about Buzzfeed are a few nuggets about pets that we thought you’d love. First, there have been more than 22,500 articles about cats posted to Buzzfeed. Dogs aren’t far behind — they’re the subject of 20,000 posts. The most popular breeds to be featured include Pugs (with more than 1,500 posts), Corgis, Bulldogs, Boxers and Terriers. — Read it at The New York Times
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