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BIGGER DOGS OUTDO LITTLE ONES AT THIS INTELLIGENCE TEST
3 weeks ago

BIGGER DOGS OUTDO LITTLE ONES AT THIS INTELLIGENCE TEST

Bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better than smaller pups on certain measures of intelligence, new research shows.

Larger-brained dogs outperform smaller dogs on measures of executive functions—a set of …
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TO SEE THE VALUE OF LOVE, LOOK TO ANIMALS
3 weeks ago

TO SEE THE VALUE OF LOVE, LOOK TO ANIMALS

Humans just love seeing animals demonstrate love: cuddly chimps grooming each other, say, or penguin pairs carefully passing their egg in the driving snow. Viral videos of cows joining dog …
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YOUR DOG’S PERSONALITY CAN CHANGE OVER TIME
3 weeks ago

YOUR DOG’S PERSONALITY CAN CHANGE OVER TIME

Like humans, dogs’ personalities likely change over time, according to new research.

When dog owners spend extra time scratching their dogs’ bellies, take their dogs out for long walks and …
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FROG EGGS REVEAL PATHWAYS FOR DNA REPAIR
3 weeks ago

FROG EGGS REVEAL PATHWAYS FOR DNA REPAIR

Researchers have uncovered some of the pathways cells use to repair DNA damages.

The body’s DNA is subject to constant damages and lesions, which the body must repair. But researchers …
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METHOD GROWS A NEW JAWBONE FROM A RIB
3 weeks ago

METHOD GROWS A NEW JAWBONE FROM A RIB

A new technique grows live bone to repair craniofacial injuries by attaching a 3D-printed bioreactor—basically, a mold—to a rib.

Stem cells and blood vessels from the rib infiltrate scaffold material …
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BLIND MICE GET THEIR SIGHT BACK AFTER GENE INSERTION
3 weeks ago

BLIND MICE GET THEIR SIGHT BACK AFTER GENE INSERTION

Scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, the mice were navigating around obstacles as easily as those with no …
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Pets and owners – you can learn a lot about one by studying the other
3 weeks ago

Pets and owners – you can learn a lot about one by studying the other

There’s an old saying that pets and their owners become more similar as time goes by. There may be some truth in that, but can we use information about owners …
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JELLYFISH-INSPIRED ELECTRONIC SKIN CAN HEAL ITSELF WHILE WET
3 weeks ago

JELLYFISH-INSPIRED ELECTRONIC SKIN CAN HEAL ITSELF WHILE WET

A new electronic skin that is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and self-healing in aquatic environments gets its inspiration from jellyfish.

“One of the challenges with many self-healing materials today is that …
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3D-PRINTED SHRIMP CLAW MAKES PLASMA UNDERWATER
3 weeks ago

3D-PRINTED SHRIMP CLAW MAKES PLASMA UNDERWATER

To develop a new method of underwater plasma generation, scientists used 3D printing to replicate the shape of a snapping shrimp claw and the complex way it works.

As reported …
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ROBOT ‘EYES’ AID PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND MOTOR IMPAIRMENTS
3 weeks ago

ROBOT ‘EYES’ AID PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND MOTOR IMPAIRMENTS

An interface system with augmented reality technology could help people with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks.

Those tasks might …
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CAN A STEM CELL TRICK GET HEART MUSCLE TO REGENERATE?
3 weeks ago

CAN A STEM CELL TRICK GET HEART MUSCLE TO REGENERATE?

Researchers have developed an approach to regenerate heart muscle using stem cells.

Their method for priming stem cells to become heart tissues could potentially enable heart regeneration stem cell therapies.


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The social animals that are inspiring new behaviours for robot swarms
3 weeks ago

The social animals that are inspiring new behaviours for robot swarms

From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds, many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behaviour can be used by engineers …
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From busking pigeons to head banging sea lions – can animals feel the beat?
1 month ago

From busking pigeons to head banging sea lions – can animals feel the beat?

A pigeon bopping along to a busker playing Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams set Twitter abuzz recently. It’s certainly a catchy tune that I can’t help but tap my …
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MUTATION LINKS DOG ‘SCREWTAIL’ AND RARE HUMAN SYNDROME
2 months ago

MUTATION LINKS DOG ‘SCREWTAIL’ AND RARE HUMAN SYNDROME

New research finds the genetic basis for the unusual appearance of certain dog breeds—Boston terriers, bulldogs, and French bulldogs—and links it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans.

Bulldogs, French …
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In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals’ feelings
2 months ago

In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals’ feelings

Have you ever wondered what’s going through your dog’s mind when you say the word “walk”? And does your pup seem to show guilt when you ask them sternly “what …
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WHY A.I. TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE GIRAFFE TORSOS
2 months ago

WHY A.I. TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE GIRAFFE TORSOS

A new automated method makes it easier for wildlife researchers to use photos to identify the unique markings of individual animals.

“Many researchers need to identify and collect data on …
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Insect protein: dish of the day for your environmentally friendly pet
2 months ago

Insect protein: dish of the day for your environmentally friendly pet

In the UK, there are approximately nine million dogs and almost eight million cats – with around one in two households owning a companion animal. This large pet population is estimated …
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Could villains clone themselves to take over the world?
6 months ago

Could villains clone themselves to take over the world?

If asked about clones, most people think of evil sci-fi characters. However, in real life, the word “clone” often has broader, far more positive applications. Just as office workers replicate …
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Do blind people have better hearing?
6 months ago

Do blind people have better hearing?

The sensation of sound occurs when the vibrations from sounds enter our ear and cause little hairlike structures – called hair cells – within our inner ear to move back …
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Gene editing protects pigs from killer virus
6 months ago

Gene editing protects pigs from killer virus

Researchers have used gene editing to successfully breed pigs that are resistant to a deadly virus.

Coronaviruses, highly contagious and widespread viruses known for their distinctive microscopic halos, are responsible …
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