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Friday Catblogging: Scientific Confirmation that Cats Become Attached to People

Caitlin O’Kane reports Cats actually do get attached to their owners, study says: “Dog people” and “cat people” have long debated which pet is better. A new study is putting one preconceived notion about stand-offish felines to bed. The study published in Current Biology dug deep into cats’ sometimes misunderstood relationships with humans, and found the…

Junk Reasoning Isn’t Simply a Problem at the Top

Helena Bottemiller Evich reports ‘It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie’ (‘A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say Trump has politicized science’): One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how…

The Genetic Secrets of Celebrity Cat Lil Bub

  View this post on Instagram   BUB sees stuff that we don’t. #lilbub #scienceandmagic #goodjobbub A post shared by Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) on Feb 21, 2019 at 1:53pm PST Karin Bruillard reports Scientists have finally discovered what makes celebrity cat Lil Bub so ‘magical’: Lil Bub is a kitten-size cat with 2 million Instagram followers,…

Friday Catblogging: It’s not the cat…

Derek Beres writes Are cats jerks? Or are YOU the jerk?: To claim that cats aren’t social is simply a way to claim your ignorance about this particular animal. Which is the topic of a new study, conducted by researchers at Oregon State University and published in the journal Behavioral Processes. In the first experiment, a total of…

Friday Catblogging: What Cats Think

Felicity Muth writes What We Understand about Cats and What They Understand about Us: One way in which we frequently attempt to interact with the animals that live with us is by pointing at things. It is possible that this shows our limitations rather than our animal friends since this is a particularly human means…

That Time a Cat Co-Authored a Physics Paper

Eric Grundhauser writes In 1975, a Cat Co-Authored a Physics Paper: Jack H. Hetherington was a professor of physics at Michigan State University in 1975, when he finished what would become an influential and often-cited physics paper. The academic writing, entitled Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc 3He, was an in-depth exploration of…

For Mr. Trump, It’s STEM, Schwem, Whatever…

Embed from Getty Images In response to a question about whether state-sponsored hacking against an American political party should go unpunished, Donald Trump grew expansive, giving his typically thoughtful perspective on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and (even) epistemology: “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very…