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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.28

The Bird Brain edition

City birds have bigger brains than country birds. Let the culture war begin. “Scientists surveyed 82 species of passerine birds, including sparrows, pigeons and anything that perches, in and around 12 cities in central Europe. They classified the birds as those that breed in the heart of the city or those that avoid the hustle and bustle. And then they compared the bird brains. The results? Birds that prosper on the city streets have larger brains than their pastoral relations. So it seems that novel environments, including urban landscapes, may select for street smarts—at least for birds that flock toward the city lights.” (via Scientific American)

The PlayStation Network was hacked, and now some jerk could have your credit card information. (via G4)

Ants literally join together to avoid drowning. This seems like it should be a metaphor for something. (via NPR)

I have no problem picturing Algy Moncrieff and Jack Worthing reciting dialogue from Jersey Shore. (via Jezebel)

Image credit: Frédéric BISSON

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