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A bond that goes way back

The special relationship between humans and dogs may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal… 378 more words

Dogs

Remember That Blue and Black or White and Gold Dress? Well, Scientists Are Weighing In

Where’s Chestnut, this one’s for you. :)

Yes, “The Dress” has made the news again, but now it’s taken a scientific turn.

Three papers on the is-it-gold-and-white-or-is-it-blue-and-black debate have been published in the recent issue of the journal, … 620 more words

The Happenings

Sleep reverses memory deficits in fruit flies

A paper in Current Biology titled “Sleep Restores Behavioral Plasticity to Drosophila Mutants”:

“Given the role that sleep plays in modulating plasticity, we hypothesized that increasing sleep would restore memory to canonical memory mutants without specifically rescuing the causal molecular lesion.

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Three Blind Rats

Douglas Quenqua recently wrote in the NY Times about a study with rats that could someday lead to aids for the blind.

“Blind rats with a sensor and compass attached to their brains were able to navigate a maze as successfully as sighted rats, researchers found. 279 more words

Curb the Aging Brain’s Distractibility with Practice

Learning to filter out unwanted information can bring older adults’ focus back to young adult levels

Feb 12, 2015 |By Esther Landhuis

As we age, we seem to get worse at ignoring irrelevant stimuli. 301 more words

Ageing

Happy faces/sad faces

Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human faces, according to a research published recently in the journal Cell Biology.

The discovery represents the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species, the researchers say. 305 more words

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The Surprising Reason That Empathising With Strangers Can Be Hard

Source: Psyblog

Stress from the presence of strangers reduces people’s ability to empathise, a new study finds.

However, just 15 minutes of playing a video game together is enough to overcome this barrier and allow strangers to empathise with each other. 484 more words

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