Word to the Wise: Confute

To "confute" (kun-FYOOT) – from the Latin for "to put down to silence" – is to overwhelmingly prove to be false. Example (as used by Geoffrey Wheatcroft in The New York Times): "A professor of geography does not feel obliged...

It’s Good to Know: Living Syringes

Zoo veterinarians have always found it difficult to draw blood from their animals. Large animals often need to be sedated first, and with small animals it is difficult to find a vein. But several zoos in Germany and England think they have found a solution. They are...

It’s Fun to Know: Chimpanzee Sympathy

We often comfort people who are under stress by putting our arms around them and giving them a hug. According to recent research from scientists at Liverpool John Moores University, chimpanzees do the same thing. The researchers found that chimps that had been...