How to talk to your dog – according to science

How to talk to your dog – according to science

Dogs are special. Every dog owner knows that. And most dog owners feel their dog understands every word they say and every move they make. Research over the last two decades shows dogs really can understand human communication in ways no other species can. But a new study confirms that if you want to train…

Oh, So This Is Why We "Baby Talk" To Puppies

Oh, So This Is Why We "Baby Talk" To Puppies

Babies and puppies aren’t great conversationalists, no matter what some people may say to the contrary. Rather than talk to them like adults, we tend to use very strange speech patterns or just a garbled series of noises at a fluctuating pitch. As it turns out, the fact that we do this to both babies…

Tarantulas Are Right-Handed, Study Suggests

Tarantulas Are Right-Handed, Study Suggests

Not all eight of a tarantula’s legs are equal, according to a new study in the Journal of Zoology that suggests that, like many humans, spiders may be right-handed. Behavioral laterality, which refers to the preference for using one side of the body over the other, has previously been reported in a number of different…

The unknown crocodiles

The unknown crocodiles

Just a few years ago, crocodilians – crocodiles, alligators and their less-known relatives – were mostly thought of as slow, lazy, and outright stupid animals. You may have thought something like that yourself the last time you were in a zoo and saw them lying still for hours, making people wonder if they were alive…

Science Reveals Secrets To Dexterity Of Elephants’ Trunks

Science Reveals Secrets To Dexterity Of Elephants’ Trunks

Elephants don’t often come across delicate tortilla chips at their regular watering holes, but if they did, they’d have no trouble picking them up with their trunks without breaking them. Presenting their research at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, scientists reveal that elephants use a special…

Urbanization Is Driving Many Species To Evolve

Urbanization Is Driving Many Species To Evolve

We often think of humans as having a solely negative impact on the natural world. But the development and spread of urban areas is having another impact on wildlife. We have effectively created a new ecosystem, with new niches and opportunities for organisms to exploit, and new pressures to influence them. A new paper has…

"Cuddle Hormone" May Help Chimpanzees Wage War

"Cuddle Hormone" May Help Chimpanzees Wage War

We usually think of the hormone oxytocin, known as the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone”, as being released when mothers cuddle their infants, or when lovers cuddle each other. But a new study suggests it may have another use other than bonding individuals together – preparing them for war instead. Researchers have found that as chimpanzees prepare…