In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
this just in: rats are more humane than humans
yo dude i’m PRETTY SURE if you were right next to a stranger in an unpleasantly restrictive cage you would let them out.
Yeah, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t save them a chocolate chip.
Scientists are trying to use living cells to 3-D print replacement organs, solving the shortage of organs for transplant. One leading researcher explains how.
A baby camelid (alpaca/llama/camel/etc) is called a cria (pronounced KREE-ah)
As a result, when a mama llama gives birth to a baby llama, it’s called criation.
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when you tell your friend, “Dude, I just found you the single best birthday present of all time. Omg. I’m so excited. Wait until you see it!!”, and your friend is like, “yeah, yeah, ok, whatever”, until she gets the package. And then she understands. :-)
Yeah, but, ok, in my defense, that’s not the kind of present any normal person would ever dream of expecting. A book, sure. Even, like, two books.
No one expects their friend to do an impression of the Beast from the Disney movie and get them a whole freaking library full of all their favorite books for their birthday. That is a fairy tale thing, not a real life thing.
(Except, just kidding! It turns out real life and fairy tales occasionally intersect. If you ever need me to cry on you after the last petal falls off of your flower, let me know. I’m all over it.)
Heart surgery is an extremely difficult procedure. Even more so when the tiny anatomy of a small child is involved. When 14-month old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart was failing him, his surgeon Erle Austin knew that he had to prepare meticulously for an intricate operation. Initially he consulted other surgeons, but this yielded conflicting advice. So Austin turned to 3D printing for help.
Using the facilities at the University of Louisville’s engineering school, Austin and his medical team produced a three dimensional model of little Ronald’s heart. Pediatric operations are difficult because the interior structures of a child’s organs are small and hard to see clearly. This model allowed the surgical team to come up with a precise plan to limit the amount of exploratory incisions, reduce operating time and prevent the need for follow-up operations.
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