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Researchers develop 'brain-reading' methods

... before they actually know they are looking at a dog or a cat." Unlike most research that has ... memorizing a list of words that include the word dog is likely to draw up a memory of a pet, the same as reading a story about a dog would. Using machine learning techniques (a ...

Dogs, humans, put heads together to find cure for brain cancer

... of DNA that code for more than 500 genes. "The dog has been man's best friend for centuries, and now the genome of the dog could well be man's next best friend," says Dr. ... areas of a human chromosome with related areas on dog chromosomes. This works because dogs and humans ...

What really prompts the dog's 'guilty look'

... Amsterdam, 11 June 2009 - What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house? By ingeniously ... the owner was misinformed as to whether their dog had really committed an offense, Alexandra ...

UF makes gene therapy advance in severe genetic disorder

... GAINESVILLE A dog born with a deadly disease that prevents the body ... therapy the day after it was born, Mah said. The dog improved at first, often going as long as two to ... weeks later the progress stopped. When the dog was 5 months old, the researchers administered ...

Using 'dominance' to explain dog behavior is old hat

... pecking order of their pack, as many well-known dog trainers preach. Far from being helpful, the ... Instructing owners to eat before their dog or go through doors first will not influence the ... Much worse, techniques such as pinning the dog to the floor, grabbing jowls, or blasting hooters ...

A recipe for dog bite injuries: Kids, dogs and warm weather

... or enjoying a stroll on a warm spring day and a dog approaches, be ultra vigilant. Children, warm ... children are especially vulnerable to severe dog bites in the head and neck areas, and that there is a correlation between cases of dog bites and rising temperatures. ...

Prairie dog research promotes caring, conservation

... Climate control issues also are stake. Prairie dog burrows act as aquifers that prevent water from ... the meaning and "grammar" behind prairie dog talk. "It's hard to believe how smart these ... of extinction. In the past 100 years, prairie dog numbers have decreased by 98 percent. ...

If you're aggressive, your dog will be too, says veterinary study at University of Pennsylvania

... year-long University of Pennsylvania survey of dog owners who use confrontational or aversive ... responses. "Nationwide, the No. 1 reason why dog owners take their pet to a veterinary behaviorist ... at Penn Vet, produced a 30-item survey for dog owners who made behavioral service appointments ...

Dog owners more likely to share germs with pets by not washing hands than by sleeping with dog

... MANHATTAN, KAN. -- dog owners who sleep with their pet or permit licks ... at Kansas State University found that these dog owners are no more likely to share the same ... E. coli bacteria with their pets than are other dog owners. Dr. Kate Stenske, a clinical assistant ...

Hope for a rabies eradication strategy in Africa

... programme. The team analysed 182 samples of dog rabies virus from 27 African countries taken over ... as there is strong geographical clustering of the dog rabies subspecies and the time-scale for ... countries to eliminate rabies by controlling dog rabies" ...

Iowa State researcher develops new treatment method for canine eye diseases

... owner to get the drops in. It is a hassle for the dog as well," he said. By putting this small ... Grozdanic is working with is Gora, a military dog working for the Department of the Navy in ... got worse, she said. Gora is a highly trained dog that works around high-profile people and needs ...

The truth about cats and dogs

... to the study, if the cat is adopted before the dog and if they are introduced when still young (less ... one of the opposite species." Talk Like a dog After interviewing almost 200 pet owners who ... was a reported indifference between the cat and dog in 25% of the homes, while aggression and ...

DNA study unlocks mystery to diverse traits in dogs

... 22, 2008 What makes a pointer point, a sheep dog herd, and a retriever retrieve? Why do Yorkshire ... than 350 distinct breeds that make up today's dog population. Until now, the genetic drivers of ... Polymorphisms, or SNPs, to find places in the dog genome that correlate with breed traits. Because ...

Computer savvy canines

... situations, four dogs were shown landscape and dog photographs, and expected to make a selection on ... phase, the dogs were shown both the landscape and dog photographs simultaneously and were rewarded with a food pellet if they selected the dog picture (positive stimulus). The dogs then took ...

Research sheds new light on how diseases jump across species

... By analysing the virus genetic sequence in both dog and wild carnivore species, the research team ... vaccination of neighbouring domestic and feral dog populations, which prevents CDV circulating in ... and the rise in the domestic and feral dog populations associated with growing human ...

Biologists solve mystery of black wolves

... scientists said. "My main interest is to describe the genetics of dog domestication the geographic location of domestication and the genetic ... said. "I'm able to use a genome approach and look at many points along the dog genome to find interesting regions and whether these regions contain genes ...

Innovative surgery by MSU veterinarian provides new lease on life to dogs

... a unique and innovative surgery at Michigan State University, Jake part dog and now part machine spends his time working out on an underwater ... free. Jake, an 11-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, was the first dog in the Midwest and only the 11th in the world to undergo surgery for a ...

Moths with a nose for learning

... Much like Pavlov conditioned his dog to salivate in anticipation of food when a bell rang, insects can be ... is perceived among mental representations. In Pavlovs experiments the dog was taught to understand that the ringing of the bell meant food. In this ...

Lessons from the Iditarod

... best known for their "mushing" each March during the Iditarod Trail Sled dog Race, the world's longest sled race. They are the premier ultra-endurance ... to 12,000 kilocalories per day (kcal/day). This means that a 55-pound sled dog will consume the equivalent of 24 McDonald's Big Macs to fuel their run on ...

U of M researchers identify gene linked to common ailment in labrador retrievers

... out, and in rare cases the dogs may die. Labradors are the most common dog breed in the world and an estimated 3-5 percent of Labradors have this ... "The test can not only help confirm the diagnosis, but it can also help dog breeders ensure that no dogs inherit two copies of the mutated gene," said ...

Outdoor enthusiasts scaring off native carnivores in parks

... San Francisco Bay Area that allow only quiet recreation such as hiking or dog walking with nearby nature reserves that allow no public access. Evidence ... native gray fox and the non-native red fox in unvisited areas, and more dog and cat droppings in visited parks. Reed said she did not expect these ...

Purdue research finds similarities in dog, human breast cancer pre-malignant lesions

... professor in comparative pathobiology. "These shared features make the dog an ideal model to compare the breast lesions that will progress to cancer ... wait and watch to see if it grows into a tumor," Mohammed said. "With a dog model, we could study these lesions and test different prevention ...

A dog in the hand scares birds in the bush

... three conditions to study dogs impact on birds: (1) a person walking a dog on a lead on a trail; (2) a person walking alone on a trail; (3) a control condition with no dog walking or humans. Observers monitored all native birds seen or heard ...

URI researcher sheds light on 'man-eating' squid; finds them timid, nonthreatening

... and says the squid's man-eating reputation is seriously overblown. For years Seibel has heard stories claiming that Humboldt squid will devour a dog in minutes and could kill or maim unsuspecting divers. "Private dive companies in Mexico play up this myth by insisting that their customers ...

URI researcher sheds light on 'man-eating' squid; finds them timid, non-threatening

... and says the squid's man-eating reputation is seriously overblown. For years Seibel has heard stories claiming that Humboldt squid will devour a dog in minutes and could kill or maim unsuspecting divers. "Private dive companies in Mexico play up this myth by insisting that their customers ...

Mites on hissing coackroach may benefit humans with allergies

... in molds. "The number on each insect is based on the food available," Benoit said. In captivity, Madagascar hissing cockroaches thrive on dog food and fruit. Benoit said they tend to slobber on themselves when they eat, leaving saliva and organic debris in crevices along the lower middle ...

NC State researchers find soy may aid in treating canine cancers

... at North Carolina State University are looking to soy as a way to make traditional canine cancer therapy more effective, less stressful for the dog and less costly for the owners. Dr. Steven Suter, assistant professor of oncology, and NC State colleagues studied genistein - a molecule found in ...

American carnivores evolved to avoid each other, new study suggests

... of information, they were able to tease out broad patterns of strategies employed by each family. For example, their map showed that the bear and dog families shared ranges with the greatest number of potential competitors. Most species in these families are omnivores, which helps reduce ...

'Freaks' help scientist unravel nature and nurture

... In 1940, a Dutch goat born without front legs learned to walk upright. So did Faith, a two-legged dog in Oklahoma. Johnny Eck, a "half-man" born without legs, grew naturally into a graceful hand-walker. And in Minnesota, conjoined twins ...

Researchers genetically link Lou Gehrig's disease in humans to dog disease

... DM are likely to provide scientists with a more reliable animal model for ALS. Also, this discovery will pave the way for DNA tests that will aid dog breeders in avoiding DM in the future." Previously, ALS research has relied heavily on transgenic rodents that expressed the mutant human gene ...

Pigs and dogs can bridge gap between mice and humans in developing new therapies

... rodent models and application in the clinic," said Schnieke. "In view of the close genetic, anatomical and physiological similarities between dog and pig on the one side and human on the other, large animal models are likely to catalyse drug development." As Schnieke added, large animals would ...

100-meter sprint world record could go as low as 9.48 seconds

... Kentucky Derby since the 1940s and two other major US races since the 1970s, while dogs' performances also levelled out in the 1970s. The increasing dog and thoroughbred populations hadn't improved the animals' performances. However, 'chance might still turn up a faster animal,' says Denny and he ...

Winter brings flu, summer brings bacterial infections

... CORVALLIS, Ore. In the same way that winter is commonly known to be the "flu season," a new study suggests that the dog days of summer may well be the "bacterial infection" season. Researchers have discovered that serious infections caused by gram-negative bacteria ...

World's rarest big cat gets a check-up

... legislation called the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, which would directly benefit the Far Eastern leopard and over a dozen big cat and rare dog species by creating a fund for research and monitoring, law enforcement training, and other conservation efforts. This bill has received support from ...

Baby talk: The roots of the early vocabulary in infants' learning from speech

... In this way, researchers can change the sound of the words slightly (for example, instead of "dog" say "tog") and see if the baby will look at the dog the same amount, as if indifferent to the change, or less, as is the case with adults who know that "dog" cannot be said as "tog." The results of ...

Scientists achieve first tracking of salmon from headwaters in Rockies through Pacific to Alaska

... the new tags in 1,000 juvenile Chinook salmon ( www.eol.org/taxa/17154704 ) roughly the same length and half the weight of a frankfurter hot dog - 14 centimeters long, 20-30 grams weight - and followed their journeys in the Columbia and Fraser Rivers. Among the many studied, two tagged ...

Running on rocket fuel

... irregular meals, and which maximize returns by having low foraging costs, the dogs' evolved a unique plan. Now highly endangered, the African wild dog opted for extreme metabolic adaptations to running, thus ensuring they caught a regular supply of food, and by forming packs, had many runners to ...

Great Ape Trust graduate student's paper sheds light on bonobo language

... lives." In the video that is the subject of Pedersen's publication, Panbanisha was in the forest with Savage-Rumbaugh and an assistant, who had a dog in tow that Panbanisha didn't like. Though Panbanisha and Savage-Rumbaugh moved from topic to topic in the conversation, Panbanisha repeatedly ...

Technique used in human ankle injuries modified to treat dogs' knees

... run, play or traumatize the joint before the knees were ready," Cook said. "A successful operation is dependent on postoperative care so that the dog can heal well and build muscle for long term function. The Tightrope CCL technique is designed to allow this to happen with less surgery and less ...

May 14 AAAS Lecture and videoteleconference on artworks by Siberian schoolchildren

... their footprints in the snowwaving goodbye to a caravan of sleds pulled by reindeer. And in Lucky Fisherman, a watercolor by Misha Soloven, a dog watches as two fishermen gather fish from a net. Twenty works are on display until 6 June at the AAAS Gallery, which is free and open to the ...
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