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Cultivated Pet Food Meat Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

How Biocraft is attempting to improve pet food by making it allergen-free and healthier for animals — not to mention, far more ethical.

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You Can Love Farm Animals and Still Run for Office, New Research Shows

A Harvard researcher tested a field of hypothetical candidates and found talking about animal welfare could actually boost voter support.

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Are Orcas Smart Enough to Plot Against Humans? Their Intelligence, Explained

A series of seemingly coordinated attacks against fishing vessels has the public paying attention to orcas. Here’s what you need to know about this remarkable species.

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Is Avian Flu Already Endemic? Here’s What Scientists Know

The “sick bird markets” of Indonesia hold answers for our future with bird flu, a growing body of research suggests.


The Four Most Intelligent Insects

Research shows honeybees can do math. Meanwhile some ants are building massive underground fungi farms.

Why Do Some Critics Call It Lab-Grown Meat?

Why Do Some Critics Still Call It Lab-Grown Meat?

More than 150 companies are growing meat from fish or animal cells. Yet some critics still deride cultivated proteins as “lab-grown meat.” Why?

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How Queer Ecology Disrupts the Study of Animals and Nature

Myriad examples of queer animals exist, from homosexual mountain goats to gender-bending clownfish to asexual snakes.

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Avian Flu Is Mutating. How Worried Should We Be?

A new study published in Nature finds genetic changes are making recent outbreaks of avian flu more severe in mammals.

Animal Welfare Economics

Meet the Economists Trying to Put a Price on Animal Suffering

Farm animal suffering is a hidden cost of cheap meat. Exactly how much is it worth?

Neuralink Can Start Human Trials After 1500 Animal Deaths

In Wake of Animal Testing Scandal, Elon Musk’s Neuralink Nabs FDA Approval

Elon Musk’s Neuralink has now earned FDA approval for human trials after a history of two federal probes and 1500 animal deaths.

How Do Pesticides Work?

How Do Pesticides Work?

The U.S. uses around 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides each year to control weeds, insects and other crop-damaging invaders. Pesticides are crucial for protecting crops but can also be mismanaged at great risk to the environment.

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Antibiotic Resistant Gene Found In Feedlot Water  

In a new study, scientists found an antibiotic resistant gene lurking in the bacteria of cattle feedlot water bowls.

Fish pass the mirror test, according to science

Fish Pass the Mirror Test. Here’s What That Means.

A new study finds fish can recognize their own reflection and distinguish themselves from other fish.

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‘Eat Less Meat’ Doesn’t Work. Try This Instead.

A new study finds messages that stress civic action and collective evolution resonate better with focus groups.

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New Study: How We Misjudge Animal Intelligence

We’re curious about animal intelligence but we might not want to believe it.

Elephants Are Climate Warriors

Forest Elephants Are the Ultimate Climate Warriors, According to Science

A new study suggests the way forest elephants eat — specifically which trees they feed on — can play a critical role in climate mitigation. 

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Wild Fish Feel Pain — But They Have No Welfare Protections

Commercial fishing methods are not designed for a quick or painless death.

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What Is Speciesism?

Speciesism is the idea that only humans are worthy of moral consideration.

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The Earth Has a Microbiome — And It Needs Help

A new study investigates life in Earth’s microbiome and warns that bacteria, fungi and viruses are at risk of extinction.

Penguins in Climate Change

These Nests Help Penguins Survive Climate Change

Researchers in South Africa developed artificial nests to help protect penguins from extreme heat.

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How Pigs Resolve Conflicts, According to Science

A new study shows pigs socialize in similar ways to humans.

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What We Still Don’t Get About Bees

“Bees have a richer behavior and life than we would have previously thought.”


Just Like Puppies and Kittens, Young Chickens Like to Play Too

A new study found chickens are playful creatures who run, jump, wrestle and play with toys.

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Do Plants Feel Pain? How Do We Know That They Don’t?

“But plants feel pain too,” is a frequent argument put to vegans but the bottom line is plants do not possess pain receptors like humans and animals.

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Pets in the Metaverse: Can Technology Put an End to Overflowing Animal Shelters?

At least 10 percent of households no longer have their pandemic pets. In the future, digital pets could be an alternative.


Bees Can Almost Certainly Feel Pain, According to Science

A new study shows bees not only experience pain but can make decisions about whether to endure pain for reward.

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Animals Benefit From a Mentally and Physically Stimulating Environment

Virtually every member of the animal kingdom benefits from a more mentally stimulating environment, especially zoo animals, cats, dogs, and even mice.

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Researchers Develop New Technology to Read Pigs’ Emotions

The automated emotion recognition tool can apparently be used to assess pig welfare on farms. But advocates say it is too little too late.

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Cultivated Meat Gains Ground in Hyper-Competitive Industry

Cultivated meat is attracting a lot of new attention. But experts question whether the new technology will truly make our food systems more sustainable.

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Meet the Women Shaping the Future of Food Tech

Women-led food tech startups are changing the fabric of the food tech industry, which they say has been dominated by “bro culture” for too long.