Day: December 13, 2016

The Venus Flytrap, a Plant That Can Count – The New York Times

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Plants That Are Predators – The New York Times

Venus Flytraps Need Protection From Poachers in North Carolina – The New York Times

Animal-Assisted Therapy: Is It Undervalued As An Alternative Treatment?

“A pet is an island of sanity in what appears to be an insane world. Friendship retains its traditional values and securities in one’s relationship with one’s pet. Whether a dog, cat, bird, fish, turtle or what have you, one can rely on the…

How A Dog’s IQ Could Offer Clues To Dementia

Just like people, some dogs take longer to learn new tricks than others. But new research suggests that this should not come as a surprise; a dog’s intelligence is structurally comparable to that of humans and can be measured in a similar way. The…

Therapy Dogs Have Calming Effect On Children Having Cancer Treatment

There are many stories of the positive effect that therapy dogs can have on children with cancer and their families. But until now, there has been little hard scientific evidence to back them up. The study suggests therapy dogs can have a calming effect…

Children With Pets Have Less Stress

A pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dogs follow human communication cues. Childhood mental illness and obesity are significant public health concerns in the US. Since they start in…

Sharing A Bed With Your Pet Could Help You Sleep

Do you allow your pet to snuggle up with you in bed? If not, you might want to reconsider; new research finds that, for most people, the presence of a pet in the bedroom could benefit sleep. Letting your four-legged companion sleep on the…

Tibetan Mastiffs Acquired High-Altitude Variants From Tibet Gray Wolf

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By interbreeding with local gray wolves, Tibetan Mastiffs acquired gene variants that provided them with adaptations to a highland environment. Tibetan Mastiffs adapted quickly to high altitudes over a short amount of time. They have, for instance, thicker coats and…

‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ Explained By Science

Scientists have uncovered a fascinating hormonal mechanism behind that heart-melting feeling familiar to dog lovers when they gaze into their dog’s famous “puppy dog eyes” stare. The study found the oxytocin loop between dogs and owners to be comparable to that of a mother and…

Dogs Left Home Alone In Alarming Numbers, Get Distressed And Develop Behavioral Issues

Dogs are social animals and hate being left alone. Unfortunately, a UK report reveals that approximately 1.9 million dogs, a quarter of the country’s dog population, are just not getting the amount of companionship time they need. The PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals),…

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