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The massive overexploitation of Madagascar's tropical woods is endangering the island's unique flora and fauna. A project by ETH Zurich and Zurich Zoo aims to make the illegal wood trade more difficult through a new declaration method for wood.

The emoticons used on Twitter are a language in themselves and are taking on new and often surprising meanings of their own, according to new research.

Recent studies have shown that chimpanzees possess many of the cognitive prerequisites necessary for humanlike collaboration. Cognitive abilities, however, might not be all that differs between chimpanzees and humans when it comes to cooperation. Researchers from the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen have now discovered that when all else is equal, human children prefer to work together in solving a problem, rather than solve it on their own. Chimpanzees, on the other hand, show no such preference   according to a study of 3-year-old German kindergarteners and semi-free ranging chimpanzees, in which the children and chimps could choose between a collaborative and a non-collaboration problem-solving approach.

 

Teenage alcohol consumption may be influenced more by a date's friends than his or her own friends, according to Penn State and Ohio State criminologists.

Troops evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan with headaches unlikely to return to duty; heavy helmets a major factor

 

Some scientists argue that the cultural and educational differences between trained scientists and native peoples are too large for the latter's data to be relied on in environmental studies.  Now, researchers led by Stanford ecologist José Fragoso have demonstrated – in a multi-year environmental study of 48,000 square kilometers of the Amazon – that adapting data collection and verification systems to local cultures can make the resulting data as reliable as that collected by researchers.