Dog and Farm Animal Exposure Reduces Risk of Asthma in Children
The latest finding of a nationwide Swedish study has parents (and children) breathing a little easier. It appears that exposure to dogs or a variety of animals during the first year of a baby's life reduces the risk of developing...
New Study Might Explain Why Cats Are Fussy Eaters
A new study explains why cats can be picky eaters. They can detect more bitter flavors. And since veterinary medicines and enriched cat foods contain bitter-tasting ingredients, this research might help create new palatable formulas. I was surprised to learn...
Where Were Dogs First Domesticated?
It has long been known that the first dogs were domesticated from wolves who found humans to be too competitive as a predator and too difficult as to be prey. Slowly, they decided that food was easier found when provided...
Testing the IQ of Wild North Island Robins
Any studies carried out on wild animals must be extremely challenging to design and execute. And over the years, studies are proving that animals are more highly evolved than we previously thought. Dr. Rachael Shaw is in the midst of...
Examining Another Cat Study: Is the Science Flawed or the Media?
I've heard media reports that "cats don't care about you" and similar things. And yet, when I perused the latest PLOS ONE study, the researchers didn't state this at all. I walk you through the latest study and point out...
Monarch Butterflies: Why They Are Baffling Scientists
Within the last 20 years, the monarch butterfly population has suffered a catastrophic 90 percent decline. Seven research studies published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America have yet to explain it. I examined several gaps in the...
Vaccine Might Save the Tasmanian Devil From Fatal Cancer
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) has killed off between 85 and 97 percent of Tasmanian devil populations in the wild. Sadly, this form of cancer has an almost 100 percent mortality rate. A vaccine appears to be their only hope...
Ever Wonder What Your Cat Thinks of You?
If cats could talk, what would they say about us? How do they see us? Apparently, cats view us as clumsy, overgrown cats. We are their equals, though, not lesser - and they do love us. World renowned anthrozoologist John...
Do Cats Sense Human Emotions?
Some cats have an uncanny ability to detect human emotions before we do. Smudge, Elias, and Billy are intuitive cats who provide a stabilizing emotional force in their human's life. Whether it's protecting a child from bullies or bringing someone...
Yes, Animals Have Emotions and Feelings (Even Fish)
If you were told that fish have no feelings or that sheep are stupid, you might be surprised to learn what scientists are proving over and over again. Animals have emotions and feelings just like we do. I might go...
Koalas Take Centre Stage at US Conference
Several universities across the United States are currently hosting the Pathyways 2014 Common Futures wildlife conference, which aims to integrate human dimensions into fisheries and wildlife Management. This significant global wildlife conference is setting the precedent for future research, innovation, and...
Sloth Fur Might Help Cure Breast Cancer, Malaria, MRSA and More
Saving the tropical rainforests and sloths that live in them might prove to be our greatest source of medications that could cure cancer, malaria, and the ever increasing drug-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA. The unique hairs on sloths...
Do Cats Sense Human Illness?
Plenty has been written about dogs that can detect impending illness in humans, but what about cats? I have a cat that massages my head when I have a migraine. When I searched for similar feline stories, I uncovered some...
Dogs Can Smell Cancer
Max smelt cancer in his owner Maureen before any medical scans could pick it up.
One of Florida's Big 5 Facing Death
Manatees, also known as sea cows, are one of the words gentlest mammals and one of Florida's Big 5 - so why are they dying?
New Study Shows Cat's Recognize Owner's Voice, Yet Fail to Care
In a recent Japanese study on cat vocalization by the University of Tokyo, researchers have found that cats can indeed distinguish the voice of their owners, yet will fail to respond to it of their own accord. The results of...
Can Obsessive-Compulsive Dogs Help Us To Understand Autism?
Canine Research Could Lead To Earlier Diagnosis And Treatments For Autistic Kids Every year, one out of every 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with some form of autism, with these numbers steadily rising over the last...
This Device Lets your Dog Talk to you in Good Old Fashion English
Imagine if your dog could tell you exactly what he is thinking.  Not with a wag of the tail, or a bark, but in good old fashion English?  This may be something available in the very near future thanks to The...
GPS Cat - Saving Nepal's Snow Leopard
The snow leopard shakes off the sedative and gets up slowly to head back home. This is the first time that satellite GPS technology is being used in snow leopard collaring in Nepal. A snow leopard in the Kangchenjunga...
Man's Best Friend - Service Dogs And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research has announced that it will be partnering with Veteran Affairs to research the role of psychiatric service dogs in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is not that the institutions...
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