Animals experience emotions and exhibit distinct personalities, science confirms

 by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) While most of us wouldn’t go out of our way to hurt another living creature, plenty of people don’t think twice about eating meat. Where their food came from and the destruction to animal habitats that is caused to sustain modern lifestyles never crosses many people’s minds. Even though many people would like to believe that animals don’t have feelings and aren’t affected by the way we treat them, science shows they do indeed experience emotions and have distinct personalities much like humans do. It won’t come as much of a surprise that horses are very emotional, … Continue reading Animals experience emotions and exhibit distinct personalities, science confirms

Why Females Decide What’s Beautiful

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  Uncovering the nature of sexual selection. BY KEVIN BERGER Michael J. Ryan, a professor of zoology, didn’t call his forthcoming book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Frog Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), but he sure could have. For 40 years, Ryan has studied the tiny tungara frog, mostly on the tropical Barro Colorado Island in Panama. The narrative of the tungara frog’s sex life, Ryan writes in A Taste for the Beautiful, the actual title of his forthcoming book, was uncovered, “during 186 consecutive nights of watching everything these frogs did from sundown to … Continue reading Why Females Decide What’s Beautiful

Having a dog can help you live LONGER by slashing risk of premature death

DOGS really are man’s best friend when it comes to living a long and healthy life. By SARAH WESTCOTT Owning a dog can slash the risk of premature death by a third, according to new research. A landmark study of more than 3.4 million older people found Britain’s favourite pet reduces the likelihood of heart disease and combats loneliness. Those living alone were 33 percent less likely to die over the next 12 years if they owned a dog. The biggest impact was seen on cardiovascular disease, the world’s biggest killer, with dog ownership reducing mortality rates by 36 percent. Dog … Continue reading Having a dog can help you live LONGER by slashing risk of premature death

Sure, Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed, Whatever

by Ian Lecklitner Dogs and dog lovers, rejoice: A recent study found that allowing your four-legged friend into the bedroom doesn’t worsen your sleep, contrary to what had previously been suspected. To come to this conclusion, researchers strapped 40 healthy adults and their dogs with sleep trackers for seven nights. On average, those who allowed their dogs to sleep in their bedroom (but not in their bed) maintained 83 percent sleep efficiency — the ratio of time spent asleep compared to time spent in bed. For reference, anywhere between 80 percent and 90 percent is generally considered satisfactory. Those who allowed their dog into (or onto) the … Continue reading Sure, Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed, Whatever

Brain Tumor Treatment for Dogs May Soon be Used in Human Patients

by Virginia Tech Meet Q. After a neurologist diagnosed Q with a large brain tumor earlier this year, she headed to Blacksburg to participate in a clinical trial at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Her tumor has since shrunk in half. Data from a clinical trial at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech to treat brain tumors in dogs may eventually be used to help humans. The study is trying to determine the safety of a new chemotherapeutic drug and drug delivery method in the treatment of brain tumors in dogs. It’s funded by the National Institutes of Health and … Continue reading Brain Tumor Treatment for Dogs May Soon be Used in Human Patients

Life is not easily bounded

A Hare in the Forest by Hans Hoffmann c1585. Photo courtesy the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Working out where one hare ends and another begins is easy; a siphonophore, not so much. What is an individual in nature? Derek J Skillings is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bordeaux/CNRS where he works on the philosophy and biology of holobionts, symbiosis, microbiomes, and biological individuality. His work has been published in Philosophy of Science and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, among others. When she was two years old, I took my daughter to the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. As we strolled through … Continue reading Life is not easily bounded

The Education of a Bomb Dog

(Reed Young) image:×600/filters:no_upscale()/ A top training academy works double time to meet skyrocketing demand for canines who can sniff out danger By Joshua Levine SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE When I first meet a likable young Labrador named Merry, she is clearing her nostrils with nine or ten sharp snorts before she snuffles along a row of luggage pieces, all different makes and models. They’re lined up against the back wall of a large hangar on a country road outside Hartford, Connecticut. This is where MSA Security trains what are known in the security trade as explosive detection canines, or EDCs. Most people … Continue reading The Education of a Bomb Dog