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Jupiter’s Orbit Is Key

Jupiter’s orbital configuration plays a substantial yet underestimated influence on Earth. A recent study suggests that if Jupiter’s orbit shifts, the Earth might become even more hospitable for life. While the earth orbits its star in a perfect circle, the distance between a planet and its star remains constant. The majority of planets, however, orbit their stars in oval-shaped “eccentric” orbits. As the planet gets closer to its star and absorbs more heat, the climate changes.

Understanding the inner workings of animals from various species has long piqued the curiosityof scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany. They published a thorough investigation on Sydney’s sulphur-crested cockatoos trash-robbing practises last year. They discovered that the activity appeared to be an illustration of animal culture: it was a learnt behaviour that had extended from birds in three suburbs to Southern Sydney.

Local cockatoos adopted minor changes to the habit as the technique spread from one neighbourhood to the next, such as lifting the bin lid completely open or not, which is a behaviour that is very prevalent in human culture. Last year, the researchers said that they were most interested in capturing the human aspect ofthis conflict.

In fact, they have done exactly that in their most recent study, which was released on Monday in the journal Current Biology. The team goal is to document how skilled these cockatoos might become at figuring out the most recent defences put in place to prevent them from finding their garbage treasure. They also plan to continue researching the underlying learning mechanisms that enabled these cockatoos to become skilled trash collectors.

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