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At the risk of upsetting my cat Murphy - who I'm convinced can not only read, but speed-read - here's the latest bulletin from the world of cat feeder facial recognition technology. Credit: YouTube/Meow B. The Bistro smart cat feeder, designed by a team called 42ARK out of Taiwan, is the sort of crazy idea that Just Might Work. Currently in crowdfunding stage, the device combines several different technologies to ensure your cat is eating properly. That's "properly" as defined by humans, not by cats, which is why I just let Murphy outside and am typing this in the closet. Like other automated cat feeders, the Bistro lets owners dispense measured amounts of food when kitty is home...

Chimpanzees don't just get their smarts by aping others - chimps, like humans, inherit a significant amount of their intelligence from their parents, new research reveals. Credit: Getty Creative Researchers measured how well 99 captive chimpanzees performed on a series of cognitive tests, finding that genes determined as much as 50 percent of the animals' performance. "Genes matter," said William Hopkins, a neuroscientist at Georgia State University in Atlanta and co-author of the study published today (July 10) in the journal Current Biology. [The 5 Smartest Non-Primates on the Planet] RELATED: 6 Shocking Things About Chimps "We have what we would call a smart chimp, and chimps we'd...

Do Animals Cry?

Rescuers of a male elephant brutally abused for 50 years in India claim that after the chains and spikes were removed from elephant Raju's legs, tears streamed down his face, but were the tears due to an emotional outburst? Credit: Getty Editorial Certain animals may weep out of sorrow, similar to human baby cries, say animal behavior experts. In this case, the tears appear to reflect Raju's astonishment and relief. VIDEO: Chimps Face Death Like Humans Do "The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal from Wildlife SOS UK, which transferred the elephant to a sanctuary, told The Independent. "We knew in our hearts he realized he was being...

The biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or even killer whales, but a much larger predator: global warming. Credit: Getty Creative Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice this species depends on for survival, could cause dramatic drops in the number of emperor penguins across Antarctica by the end of the century, a new study finds. Specifically, more than two-thirds of Antarctica's emperor penguin colonies will decline by more than 50 percent by the end of the century under future climate change scenarios. QUIZ: Brush Up on Your Penguin Facts The researchers, from France, the Netherlands and the United States, are pushing to have this iconic species...