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Why are quarks impossible to isolate?

Why are quarks impossible to isolate?
Paul from Gloucestershire (Age 25-34)

What is the highest number you can count up to?

What is the highest number you can count up to?
Jenny Podmore from Derbyshire (Age 5-14)
Erin Mchutchieson from Tyne and Wear (Age:5-14)

How will human beings evolve in the next several thousand years?

How will human beings evolve in the next several thousand years? Can we predict how they will evolve?
Stephen Paines from South Gloucestershire (Age 15-24)

Are animals capable to feeling the same emotions as humans?

Are animals capable to feeling the same emotions as humans? Do they feel guilt, embarrassment, grief and love?
Sophia from Greater London (Age 15-24)

Answer:

Darwin wrote extensively in the 19th century about the expression of the emotions of animals and people so it’s a question that has long been pondered.

Talking to various colleagues at Newquay Zoo, there are mixed opinions on this. People mentioned animals showing recognition of death of owners or members of their group (famously elephants and Greyfriars Bobby). Where it gets complicated is the human names we put onto various emotions in animals – happy, sad – etc which becomes almost too ‘anthropomorphic’ for many. We often get asked about how our zoo animals are feeling (to be fair, some animals always look ‘miserable’). Talk to people who have a close relationship with animals and they will talk about how animals become highly attuned to the emotional state of their owners. 
 
Mark Bekoff in a recent article in New Scientist (23 May 2007)  gives one example I like from a recent book called “Pleasurable Kingdom” by ethologist Jonathan Balcombe who tells a peculiar story about fish crows –

“They first engaged in flight play then, over the next 10 minutes, one bird (always the same one) repeatedly sidled up to the other, leaned over and pointed his/her beak down, exposing the nape. The other bird responded by gently sweeping his/her bill through the feathers as though searching for parasites. There was every indication that they were mates or good buddies, and that their contact was as pleasurable for both giver and receiver as a massage or caress between two humans.” All the signs are that many animals can experience pleasure. There is also ample evidence they feel joy, especially during play.”

Mark Norris, Education Officer, Newquay Zoo

Answer 2:

Many animals express some of the same emotions as people, such as fear and anger, but they do not express them is the same way. A frightened pigeon flattens its feathers against its body, while an angry pigeon ruffles its feathers which makes it look bigger. Whether animals feel the same emotions is problematical, because (1) a human actor can express emotions without feeling them, which shows that it is not necessary for humans to feel emotions in order to express them. If it is not necessary for humans, then it may not be necessary for other animals. (2) If animals feel emotions, they would not feel them in the same way as we do, because an animal does not have a human brain. They may feel them somehow, but we can’t tell how. We can’t tell how, because (3) when a person says to you how they feel, you can only interpret this in terms of how you would feel in their situation. This process (your feeling about them) is called empathy. To understand animal emotions you have to try to empathize with the animal.

David McFarland, Science writer

Is there an answerable question which has not already been answered and put on the internet?

Is there an answerable question which has not already been answered and put on the internet?
Sophia from Greater London (Age 15-24)

Jesus came back to life–why can’t we do that too?

Jesus came back to life–why can’t we do that too?
Jack from Cheshire (Age 5-14)

Why do mixed spices in water form goo?

When I mix Cayenne Pepper and Cinnamon in hot or cold water, after it settles the pepper and cinnamon gather into some kind of goo. What is that?
Jo-Ann Joseph from York (Age 25-34)