PARIS – Scientists on Tuesday revealed the "highly unusual" behavior of a male monkey filmed trying to have sex with female deer in Japan -- a rare case of inter-species nookie. Sex between animals from different species is uncommon, but exceptional cases are known to occur, chiefly in domesticated and captive animals, scientists reported in the journal Primates. Mating is usually driven by the need to procreate, while sex across the species line is mostly fruitless or yields sterile offspring. For the new study -- only the second on the phenomenon of inter-species sex -- a Japanese macaque, or "snow monkey," was filmed mounting at least two female Sika deer much larger than itself. Without penetration, the young monkey makes sexual movements while riding on the does' backs on Yakushima Island.
Understanding the behavior of artificial intelligence(AI) agents is one of the pivotal challenges of the next decade of AI. Interpretability or explainability are some of the terms often used to describe methods that provide insights about the behavior of AI programs. Until today, most of the interpretability techniques have focused on exploring the internal structure of deep neural networks. Recently, a group of AI researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) are exploring a radical approach that attempts to explain the behavior of AI observing them in the same we study human or animal behavior. They group the ideas in this area under the catchy name of machine behavior which promises to be one of the most exciting fields in the next few years of AI.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 21 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com It's possible that scientists have been examining same-sex sexual behavior in animals incorrectly. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution posits that researchers should be asking "why not?" instead of why in terms of animals engaging in same-sex behavior (SSB). "Usually, when evolutionary biologists see a trait that's really widespread across evolutionary lineages, we at least consider the idea that the trait is ancestral and was preserved in all those lineages," Julia Monk, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, who co-authored the new research, told Live Science.
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For years, people have been talking about animals' ability to predict earthquakes in advance. Many claim that their dogs, cats, and even cows started behaving erratically just minutes before the quake struck. However, a new statistical study debunks the theory and suggests there is no strong evidence to back the idea, except single observations and anecdotes that cannot be verified. In order to come to this result, Heiko Woith and colleagues at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam collected more than 700 reports of abnormal animal behavior related to earthquakes. This included dogs, cats, silkworms, elephants and a bunch of other animals who people said behaved unusually prior to a quake.