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Guess Which Animal Is Most Like Humans? (Hint: It's Not Chimps)


So, here's something: Scientists have determined that while genetic similarities make us closely related to occasionally vicious but generally agreeable chimpanzees, we actually have more in common with another animal! Can you guess which one?Being personally afraid of this particular animal, I can't say this is the best news I've heard all week, though it certainly is interesting. When it comes to understanding language, emotional state, and behavioral similarities, turns out scientists are better off studying another animal altogether. Which confirms that man really is a bit of a DOG."In my view, pet dogs can be regarded in many respects as 'preverbal infants in canine's clothing,'" said the Hungarian scientist behind the study, adding that dogs "performed surprisingly well and at a comparable level to the 16-month-old child."I wonder what Jane would have to say about this?Image via
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President Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was a mixed bag.

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He didn't mention climate change once.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

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