The Late Movies: Animals on Treadmills

Well, we're approaching the end of July. Summer's in full swing, and it's starting to get really hot and sticky outside. I don't know about you, but this weather makes it really tough to get up and go to the gym, so I'm always looking for any sort of motivation I can get. With that in mind, I offer up these videos of animals on treadmills, because if they can do it, why can't I?

A cat gets his first treadmill experience.

But this dog is obviously an experienced pro.

And now a cat and dog, together.

A friend had a ferret in college...never did this, though.

This is a good example of how I feel some mornings.

Doesn't a horse going at full gallop seem like an accident waiting to happen?

Here's that shrimp we've all seen before.

A drunk Mythbuster is a nice addition to the collection.

And finally, an idiot attempts a handstand.


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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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