Like humans, crows are more optimistic after making tools to solve a problem

A new paper, co-authored by Dakota McCoy, a graduate student working in the lab of George Putnam Professor of Biology David Haig, suggests that, after using tools, crows were more optimistic.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Aug. 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  birds  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  dakota-mccoy  animal-emotion  animal-intelligence  crows  current-biology  mccoy  new-caledonian-crows  optimism  pessimism  smart

Researchers eye flashy coats of peacock spiders in pursuit of new solar products

Dakota McCoy, in collaboration with David Haig, led a group of researchers at Harvard studying the black spider and its ultrablack coat with microlenses that could lead to innovations in solar panels and sunglasses glare.

Anna Fiorentino • harvard
July 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  fas  seas  joanna-aizenberg  gsas  anna-fiorentino  anti-reflective  black-spiders  cody-mccoy  dakota-mccoy  david-haig  microlenses  peacock-spiders  victoria-mccoy

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