• Sorry canine lovers, dogs aren't always altruistic

    Giving dogs food doesn’t mean they will help you get some yourself

    If you give a dog food, it isn’t necessarily going to return the favour, according to a new study, published in PLOS ...

    Animals July 15, 2021
  • Puppies born ready to communicate with people

    It’s in a dog’s genes to interact with humans.

    In a result that won’t come as a surprise to dog lovers, US researchers have found that puppies are born with an inna...

    Animals June 4, 2021
  • You might have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Body battery Engineers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, have created a wearable device that can draw ...

    Animals February 15, 2021
  • Where humans go, dogs follow

    Genome sequencing reveals our shared history.

    “Man’s best friend” is the phrase most often wheeled out to describe dogs’ thousands of years as a human companion an...

    Animals October 30, 2020
  • Dogs: Inside their brains

    Study unravels what happens when they look at faces.

    What are dogs thinking when they gaze into our eyes? No more than when they’re looking at the back of our heads, acco...

    Animals October 7, 2020
  • Are playful dogs easier to train?

    Research suggests working breeds could be the most fun.

    Playfulness is serious business. Scientists have gone to great lengths to solve the mystery of why animals play, with...

    Animals September 24, 2020
  • Conversation

    Dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus

    International effort showing positive results.

    By Susan Hazel and Anne-Lise Chaber, University of Adelaide What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, t...

    Animals August 5, 2020
  • How old do you think your dog is?

    It seems you can’t just multiply by 7.

    Accepted wisdom has it that to work out a dog’s age in human years you just multiply it by seven. Apparently, it’s...

    Animals July 3, 2020
  • Sled dogs represent a distinct genetic lineage

    Modern breeds had common ancestor, study shows.

    Modern sled dogs share ancient Siberian roots and represent a distinct genetic lineage that likely emerged as the fin...

    Animals June 26, 2020
  • The many fears of pet dogs

    Anxiety is prevalent across different breeds.

    If you think your pet’s personal problems are down to your dog’s breed, then new Finnish research has a bone to pick ...

    Animals March 5, 2020
  • Is canine responsiveness to people innate?

    Wolf pups and stray dogs pick up human cues with no training.

    Two studies have independently found that canine responsiveness in wolf pups and stray dogs can correctly interpret h...

    Animals January 19, 2020
  • The things animals do

    Chimps drum, meerkats dance and dogs can count.

    It’s been quite a day for revelations about the animal world. Four papers in peer-reviewed journals have provided new...

    Animals December 18, 2019
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