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Rats are Altruistic, handle Ambiguity, (and are Awesome) [Dec. 9th, 2011|02:43 pm]
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A new study finds that rats show altruism, freeing other rats and sharing food. (also here)

This is a pretty cool experiment which shows a rat helping a compatriot as well as sharing chocolate treats with them -- and I think we all know that sharing your chocolate is a true sign of friendship!

Another recent study on rat cognition, learning and dealing with ambiguous situations. Though the article opens by saying rats behave "as if they're rational creatures" [emphasis mine]. Ah well. Can't win everyone over to the wonder of rats right away, I guess. ;)

Just remember, someday you may meet rat-powered robots, so their altruism and rationality is important to you! (insert evil laugh)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2011-12-15 03:15 pm (UTC)
Erm...sorry, forgot we were talking about rats and wandered onto the topic of fish and turtles. :->
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[User Picture]From: rattuskid
2011-12-15 05:01 pm (UTC)
It's all under the same big tent, and there's only so many times a person can say "Rats are awesome", because it's just so self-evident.
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