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Spiders Are Much Smarter Than You Think

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People tend to associate intelligence with brain size. And as a general guideline, this makes sense: more brain cells, more mental capabilities. Humans, and many of the other animals we’ve come to think of as unusually bright, such as chimpanzees and dolphins, all have large brains. And it’s long been assumed that the smallest brains simply don’t have the capacity to support complex mental processes. But what if they do?

The vast majority of Earth’s animal species are rather small, and a vanishingly small portion of them have been studied at all, much less by cognition researchers. But the profile of one group of diminutive animals is rapidly rising as scientists discover surprisingly sophisticated behaviors among them.

“There is this general idea that probably spiders are too small, that you need some kind of a critical mass of brain tissue to be able to perform complex behaviors,” says arachnologist and evolutionary biologist Dimitar Dimitrov of the University Museum of Bergen in Norway. “But I think spiders are one case where this general idea is challenged. Some small things are actually capable of doing very complex stuff.”

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Get a 32-inch LED TV for FREE With Three Mobile’s Latest Superfast Broadband Deal

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THREE has an incredible freebie when you sign-up for its superfast 100Mbps home broadband deal. Here’s everything you need to know.

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4 Potential Winners in an Oakland A’s Move to Las Vegas

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Professional sports have invaded Las Vegas and more could be on the way. The National Football League and National Hockey League have teams that call Vegas home. Could Major League Baseball be next?

What Happened: The Oakland A’s are seeking to get a new stadium built to replace the Oakland Coliseum. As talks between the team and city stall, the team has actively pursued locations in or near Las Vegas for relocation.

The A’s have looked at dozens of locations with two to three final spots now chosen. Among the potential leaders is said to be the Tropicana hotel site, which is owned by Bally’s Corp (NYSE: BALY).

The Tropicana site is near the south portion of the Las Vegas resorts and would be close to other sports stadiums and event spaces. Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim was open to a potential deal with the A’s earlier this year saying there were 35 acres at the Tropicana.

Two other locations owned by Caesars Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: CZR) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) are said to be finalists, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Another wild card in the mix is Howard Hughes Corp (NYSE: HHC), which is …

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Food En Route to Hungry Haitian Pre-Trial Detainees & Inmates

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pre-trial detainees and inmates of 20 overcrowded Haitian prisons across the country will be steadily receiving life-saving food support over the next three months through a joint relief effort by non-profits World Hope International, Rise Against Hunger, Health through Walls, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Despite significant efforts by the international community, the proportion of pre-trial detainees in Haitian prisons has continued to grow and reached 82% of the overall prison population.

This situation has resulted in extreme overcrowding in most prisons, and detainees have limited access to the outdoors and to sanitation services. Due to irregular and insufficient supplies, the ~11,000 prisoners and detainees have extremely limited access to food, water, and health services across the prisons, often receiving less than one meal per day.

Malnutrition makes persons more susceptible to infectious disease, and once infected, more likely to have a poor outcome. Malnutrition also exacerbates chronic diseases. To respond to all these needs, the Haitian Prison Authority needs more capacity as per Dr. John May, HtW President.

In response to the crisis, Rise Against Hunger has committed 12 containers of food from across the United States to feed this population for three months. World Hope International will manage the logistics of transporting and importing the food into Haiti, and Health through Walls and AIDS Healthcare Foundation will distribute the supplies to the 20 prisons across the mainland. 

“World Hope International has been operating in Haiti since 1996 and we just completed some similar logistics support for partners in response to the earthquake in August,” said John Lyon, World Hope International CEO & President. “We believe everyone should have access to food and other vital resources like clean water. We’re glad to be able to form this relief consortium with Rise Against Hunger, Health through Walls and AIDS Healthcare Foundation to ensure that these detainees and prisoners are getting the sustenance—and hope—they need during this difficult period of time in Haiti.” 

“As the effects of August’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake, political unrest and increased turmoil have been felt across Haiti, Rise Against Hunger has been especially focused on supporting …

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