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Researchers have identified an area of the dog brain dedicated to processing human faces

If you want to know about the special relationship between human and canine you need only watch a dog owner slavishly feed, cuddle and clean up after her furry companion, day after day after day. But is this unique cross-species relationship also reflected at a deeper level, in the workings of the canine brain? A recent study in Learning and Behavior suggests so, finding that highly trained dogs have a dedicated neural area for processing human faces, separate from the area involved in processin...
Tags: Psychology, Dogs, Animals, Intelligence, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Emotions, BPS Research Digest, Auburn University, Andie Thompkins


The very best of 2018! 10 videos to get smarter, faster

365 days, 365 videos — it's been another huge year for big ideas.We've tallied up the 10 most popular, as chosen by you, plus the most controversial and most talked about videos of 2018. Enjoy! Jordan Peterson: The fatal flaw in leftist American politics Superhumans: The remarkable brain waves of high-level meditators Why Michio Kaku wants to avoid alien contact at all costs Bored out of your mind at work? Your brain is trying to tell you something. ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Parenting, Navy, Animals, Race, Mindfulness, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Mind, Humanity, Trump, Pablo Escobar, Michio Kaku, Jordan Peterson


Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say

A report from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, found that organic food production leads to higher carbon emissions. This includes livestock as well as vegetables, as organic farming requires no fertilizer usage. Certain types of organic foods are less impactful than others, the researchers note. None History has not been kind to Earl Butz. From 1971–76, the Indiana native served as secretary of agriculture, reengineering several New Deal-era farm programs. One of his most famous state...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Climate Change, Animals, Sustainability, Indiana, Fish, Conservation, Innovation, Derek, Michael Pollan, Butz, Chalmers University of Technology, Joel Salatin, Earl Butz, Biosphere


Is wasp venom the next healthcare revolution?

Researchers are looking at the venom of wasps, bees, and arachnids to develop life-saving medical therapies.Researchers at MIT created synthetic variants of a peptide found in wasp venom that proved an effective antibiotic.With the "post-antibiotic era" looming, synthetic peptides could provide a way to maintain global health initiatives.Two of the most common phobias are the fear of insects and fear of needles, so it's little wonder that people with apiphobia and spheksophobia aren't keen for ...
Tags: Health, Animals, Mit, Bacteria, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, World Health Organization, Illness, Insects, AMP, AMR, Molecular Biology, Pseudomonas, Timothy Lu


The scientific reason you want to squeeze cute things

Researchers appear to have found a neural basis for "cute aggression."Cute aggression is what happens when you say something like, 'It's so cute I want to crush it!'But it's also a complex response that likely serves to regulate strong emotions and allow caretaking of the young to occur. None If you've ever seen someone approach a puppy or small child, lean in and say, "Oh, I just want to squeeze that" while using a tone that suggests that said 'squeeze' might not be as harmless an action as it...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Animals, Neuroscience, Compassion, Yale, Innovation, Ecology, UC Riverside, Katherine Stavropoulos, Stavropoulous


Why eating turkey really makes you sleepy

Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.The turkey is one of the closest living relatives to avian dinosaurs, but recent evolutionary tur...
Tags: Health, Food, Thanksgiving, Sleep, Animals, Usda, Turkey, Innovation, Fox News, Meme, Physiology, National Sleep Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Steward, Tanya Zuckerbrot, Human body


Why does turkey make you sleepy?

Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.The turkey is one of the closest living relatives to avian dinosaurs, but recent evolutionary tur...
Tags: Health, Food, Thanksgiving, Sleep, Animals, Usda, Turkey, Innovation, Fox News, Meme, Physiology, National Sleep Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Steward, Tanya Zuckerbrot, Human body


Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Amazon, Gadgets, Comics, Florida, TV, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Net Neutrality, Biology, California, Horror, Animals


Do Dogs Forget Their People?

Let’s say your long-term relationship totally implodes. Browsing for a new apartment, or a therapist that takes your insurance, you hear your dog bark in the other room—and realize, with a start, that it’s not actually your dog. Once you’re all moved out, the dog will be out of your life, too. Stewing in self-pity you…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Animals, Memory


Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?

Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats—or at least some cats, some of the time—can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Cats, Animals, Pets, Giz Asks


Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Here at Gizmodo, we’ve just wrapped up Feud Week: A series on personality and business clashes in the tech world, scientific disputes, and whether or not to shoot Bigfoot. (I say let the big guy do his thing, unless it turns out it’s kidnapping people with mind-waves to make more Bigfoots.) Some have said that a Nice…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, TV, Science, Technology, Movies, Animals, Race, Social Media, Smartphones, Headphones


Bristly Lets Dogs Brush Their Own Teeth: This toy entertains your pooch while also improving their oral hygiene

Pinning your dog down to brush his or her teeth isn't fun for anybody—between their painstaking reluctancy and your own guilt—but ignoring their oral health isn't possible. Dental bones and other chews can help, but they don't often get into those...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Toys, Design, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Kickstarter, Petaccessories, Pethealth


Are Plants Conscious?

Animal rights activists have done stellar work in foregrounding the question of creature-consciousness: no meat-eater is now ignorant of the fact that their food once lived, breathed, maybe nuzzled its kin in a blood-soaked slaughterhouse. Environmentalists have a harder go of it. Fracking footage will always be less…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Biology, Animals, Plants, Giz Asks, Neurobiology


Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Cats are enigmatic little creatures. It’s hard to get a read on them. Does your cat love you, or would it gladly stab you in your sleep, if only it had thumbs and a slightly larger brain? The cat never tells—it thrives on inscrutability. But it can’t help betraying certain signs of its inner life: it’s hard to play…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Cats, Animals, Animal Behavior, Giz Asks


Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways

Scientists have long speculated that the “dirtier” the environment we grow up in—with lots of germs from different people and even animals—the better off our immune system and physical health ultimately will be. A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides early evidence that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Mental Health, Farms, National Academy of Science, Microbial Life, Hygiene Hypothesis


Why humans are so enchanted with cats

We think cats are our pets but we are mistaken. The New Yorker interviews Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World: She explains how “cats domesticated themselves”—essentially by choosing proximity to people as their survival strategy—and then proceeded to infect one in three humans on Earth with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which affects our behavior in ways that are still not entirely understood, although there is spec...
Tags: Psychology, Video, Science, News, Cats, Animals, Earth, Meow, Tucker, Toxoplasma, Abigail Tucker


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Nokia's banana phone, exploding stars, the world's oldest tattoos and more in our look around the web

1. Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Photography, Fashion, Space, Science, Design, Animals, Nokia, Tech, Sport, Stars, Nature, Tattoos, Phones, Baseball, Apparel


Stable genius: Britain’s first guide horse for blind people

An American miniature horse is training to become a faithful assistant to a visually impaired man from Lancashire – and causing quite a stir on the streets of BlackburnMohammed Salim Patel knew he was causing a stir in Blackburn market on Monday because he could hear it. “There were people around us saying, ‘Oh, look at that’, and I could hear the shutter sounds going on all their phones,” the 23-year-old says. The cause of the disturbance: Digby, Britain’s first guide horse for blind people.Pat...
Tags: Health, Animals, Society, Disability, Britain, Blindness and visual impairment, Blackburn, Lancashire, Patel, Katy Smith, BlackburnMohammed Salim Patel, Digby Britain


Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Non-native rhesus macaques in Florida‘s Silver Springs State Park have tested positive for herpes B, a potentially fatal disease that is spread through bodily fluids and may be transmissible to humans. According to a recent study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, about 30 percent of the monkeys tested carried the herpes B virus. In response to this public health threat, Florida state wildlife managers are proposing the removal of t...
Tags: Health, Asia, Florida, Design, News, Animals, Environment, Public Health, Invasive Species, Tallahassee, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Macaques, DepositPhotos, Silver Springs State Park, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Herpes B


Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans, scientists warn

Wildlife agency says free-roaming monkeys at state park are a public health concern, as 30% may have Herpes B that can spread to visitors via bodily fluidsWildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published on Wednesday, which finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.Scientists studying a growing population of rhesus macaques in Silver Springs state park say that rather than just carrying her...
Tags: Health, Florida, Animals, US news, Silver Springs


The giant rats that love avocado – and can diagnose deadly TB | Kate Lyons

A team in Tanzania have trained African pouched rats to make life-saving discoveries, sniffing out cases of tuberculosis missed by health clinicsAfter scampering about a sleek glass and aluminium cage, a rat named Riziwan has made a crucial discovery.In just minutes, Riziwan has positively identified 13 people who may have tuberculosis. The discovery is potentially life-saving news for those whose sputum samples were marked as clear by their local health clinics. But it’s all in a day’s – or rat...
Tags: Health, Animals, Africa, World news, Global development, Tanzania, Tuberculosis, Global Health, APOPO, Kate Lyons, Riziwan, Morogoro Tanzania


France warned of Christmas foie gras shortage

Stocks of controversial and seasonal goose and duck liver delicacy seriously hit for second year in a row by avian fluChristmas would not be Noël in France without a fat goose liver on the festive table.But farmers say stocks of foie gras – enjoyed over the festive period by an estimated 80% of France’s population – have been seriously hit by avian flu for the second year in a row. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Meat, Europe, France, Animals, Environment, Christmas, Life and style, Society, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Food & Drink, Bird Flu, Noël


Literally lousy: Parasite plagues world salmon industry

By PATRICK WHITTLE ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables. Meanwhile, wholesale prices of salmon are way up, as high as 50 percent last year. That means higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, News, Scotland, Animals, Environment, Sport, World news, Canada, Atlantic, Soccer, Chile, Farmers, Norway, North America


It's an alpha male thing: what dominant chimpanzees and Donald Trump have in common

When it comes to US presidents, we expect to see a combination of prestige and dominance. Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades and demands for fealty show he prefers the latter – an ape-like strategy for successFrom early 1974 through most of 1976, a male chimpanzee named Yeroen held the position of alpha leader in the large, open-air chimpanzee colony at Burgers zoo in Arnhem in the Netherlands. His reign was roughly coterminous with the presidential administration of Gerald R Ford in the United Stat...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Animals, US, Netherlands, Donald Trump, Arnhem, Gerald R Ford, Frans de Waal, De Waal, Yeroen, United States Yeroen


What is Cannabidiol (CBD) and How Does it Help Your Pet?

Note to my readers: This is from a recently received press release.  Products containing Cannabidiol for pets really intrigues me. I wanted to share it with my pet-loving peeps!   Cannabidiol (abbreviated as: CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract.    The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) infused products for pets has grown considerably over the last few years. Educa...
Tags: Health, Usa, Animals, Pets, Anxiety, Canada, Small, Cbd, The Pet Blog Lady, Cannabidiol, Cannabidiol CBD, Phytocannabinoids, Treatibles, Treatibles Treatibles


Hidden, destructive costs of a vegan diet | Letters

Sue Morgan writes that vegan junk food is still junk food, while vegan Ian Pickford says his choices are driven purely by issues of animal welfareI predict the rise in vegan junk food (Yes-vegan!, G2, 6 September) will be followed by the realisation that vegan junk food is, after all, junk food. The global rise in obesity, metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes, now reaching epidemic proportions, has accompanied our increasing consumption of junk food, particularly of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates...
Tags: Obesity, Animals, Life and style, Society, World news, Diabetes, Animal Welfare, Veganism, Vegan food and drink, Sue Morgan, Ian Pickford


Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire

The well of picture books possessing that alluring duality to entertain and inspire never seems to run dry. Here are a few new titles to keep you topped up. Feathers by Phil Cummings and Phil Lesnie Phil Lesnie used pencil, watercolour and a tiny bit of gouache to decorate Cummings’ story of compassion and hope. … Continue reading Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire The post Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire appeared first on The Boomerang Books ...
Tags: Books, Hope, Animals, Friendship, Belief, Compassion, Mental Health, Resilience, Migration, Emotions, Humanity, Journeys, Multicultural, Cummings, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases


More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You

A new study shows how dogs can benefit their owners
Tags: Health, News, Dogs, Animals, Uncategorized, Research, Walking, Onetime, Exercise Science, Walking A Dog


Nature versus nurture of a growing human population | Letters

Having fewer children is a no-brainer, write Robin Maynard and Jonathon Porritt. The overconsuming west must not blame the global south, says Christine Galavotti. It is ironic that Italy bears the brunt of the surge of ecological migrants, says Chris Brausch. Apocalyptic changes in the countryside go largely unnoticed, says John GreenIt is heartening to see the Guardian giving considered coverage to the issue of human population and its impacts upon our planet and the threat that continued popul...
Tags: Health, Business, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Migration, Pope Francis, Global Economy, Italy


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Interactive porn, an emotional first aid kit, animals who love tech and more in our look around the web

1. Animals That Love Touchscreens "Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions," explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We've long observed or heard about cats' reactions to iPad games or penguins...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Travel, Psychology, Google, Music, Science, Design, Technology, Animals, Tech, Records, Basketball, Nsfw, Vinyl, Peru, Miami, Link-about-it



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