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Gut instinct

The best way to make a decision is to collect the information, forget about it, and then trust your gut instincts, say researchers at the University of Amsterdam. “The brain is capable of juggling facts and possibilities simultaneously. But when you are specifically thinking about a problem, your brain isn’t able to weigh up as much information,” the researchers write in Science.

Angry tuskers

Experts believe that elephants appear to be attacking human settlements as vengeance for years of abuse by people, reports the New Scientist. Scientists suspect that poaching during the 1970s and 1980s marked many of the animals with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hunter T rex

Researchers from Ohio University, US, say that Tyrannosaurus rex’s sensory system suggested that it was a predator and not a scavenger. 3D visualisation of fossilised skulls to determine the structure of the brains helped them reach this conclusion, they told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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