My explanation of a crow’s apparent playtime rooftop sledding antics was featured by The Independent.
Blackfish traces a 39-year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the 12,000-pound orca, Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people. The premiere of the CNN Films documentary, Blackfish, was on the evening of October 24, 2013. I joined a group of scientists, journalists, and filmmakers to livetweet and liveblog it for CNN.
What Animal Species Is Most Likely to Rise Up and Overthrow Humans? I was interviewed for this fun piece in Pacific Standard Magazine.
How a children’s cartoon destroyed Japanese agriculture. io9 picks up my latest contribution for Nautilus Magazine on Japan’s real invaders: raccoons.
Scientific American Blogs picked one of my flamingo photos as their Image of the Week on August 5, 2013. “Jason Goldman from The Thoughtful Animal captured a tender moment as a young flamingo attempted to feed at the San Diego Zoo in July 2013. The young bird is white because the characteristic pink hue of flamingos is not genetic, but is rather caused by the accumulation of pigments from their diet.”
On year after I wrote it, a piece on domestic ferrets saw some renewed interest, including being featured by BoingBoing.
I was also interviewed about first names on the James Valentine afternoon show on ABC 702 in Sydney, Australia.
Business Insider picked up my piece about lemurs’ social networks, and what they tell us about brain evolution.
Salon picked up my article about when the Catholic Church classified beavers as fish.
Andrew Sullivan featured my BBC Future article about animal sexuality at his blog, The Dish: Kinks of the Animal Kingdom.
Scientific American Blogs picked one of my bonobo photos as their Image of the Week on March 25, 2013. “The animal, a female Bonobo at the San Diego zoo, gazes inquisitively at the photographer with ambiguous emotions. As is characteristic of powerful portraits, the subject is clear but the viewer is given latitude for personal interpretation of the animal’s intentions.”
The LA Weekly wrote up The Cinefamily’s Bestiaire party, which included a Q&A session about animal cognition with me: Bestiaire Opened at Cinefamily and They Celebrated With a Live Zebra.
The web magazine This View of Life featured my article about whether animals play as humans do, and whether it might serve a deeper purpose than simple enjoyment.
This View of Life also picked up my article about whether animals can teach us about the nature of friendship.
I’m quoted in this nicely written piece by Jennifer Van Grove at CNET about whether information derived from social media might be a useful tool for psychotherapists.
The online magazine This View of Life featured my article about orangutan culture. Is culture transmitted at the more abstract level of ideas, or at the more concrete level of overt behaviors?
You: The Brand. I was interviewed for the cover article in this month’s American Psychological Association GradPsych magazine.
Richard Dawkins featured my BBC Future post on how groups of animals make communal decisions on his foundation’s website.
Business Insider picked up my post about Sesame Street and child development.
Nature News picked up my post about how mice may be vocal learners, like humans, cetaceans, songbirds, parrots, and others.
This View of Life, David Sloan Wilson’s online magazine, featured my BBC Future column on death rituals in the animal kingdom.
David Sloan Wilson’s online magazine This View of Life featured my post on measuring personality in hermit crabs.
Encyclopedia Brittanica picked up my piece on how anteaters decide what to eat, on one of their blogs.
I was a guest on The Aaron Rand Show, on Montreal’s CJAD 800 radio station, speaking about dogs and the “guilty look.”
June 6 interview on CJAD 800 in Montreal – The Aaron Rand Show by jgold85
My piece on the “guilty look” in dogs was featured by Neatorama.
Huffington Post Science included me in a list of 30 High-Profile Neuroscientists Who Tweet.
I was quoted in a piece by Barbie Davenporte at LA Weekly’s AfterDarkLA blog about sex and social cognition in bonobos.
A post of mine on an instance of tool use in a dingo – the first recorded observation of tool use in a canid at all – was featured at Discover Magazine’s 80Beats Blog.
Andy Revkin featured two posts of mine about whether corvids engage in play behaviors, and whether they “have fun,” at his New York Times blog, Dot Earth.
I was quoted in a piece by Dan Vergano at USA Today on social cognition in chimpanzees.
I engaged in a debate with Wall Street Journal writer Christopher Shea about why chicks prefer certain types of music. The Association for Psychological Science collected all the links.
MediaBistroLA, a local internet/media news website, covered my transition from Scienceblogs to Scientific American.
Maggie Koerth-Baker featured a post I wrote on how high temperatures modulate parenting behaviors in birds at Boing Boing.
Social media: Self-reflection, online. Virginia Gewin interviewed me for a piece on how scientist bloggers shape their online identities for NatureJobs.