Brain Scans Show Striking Similarities Between Dogs and Humans
Article from Wired:
A new brain-imaging study of mankind’s best friend has found a striking similarity in how humans and dogs — and perhaps many other mammals — process voice and emotion.
Like humans, dogs appear to possess brain systems that are devoted to making sense of vocal sounds, and are sensitive to their emotional content. These systems have not previously been described in dogs or any non-primate species, and the new findings offer an intriguing neurobiological glimpse into the richness of our particular corner of the animal kingdom.
“What makes us really excited now is that we’ve discovered these voice areas in the dog brain,” said comparative ethologist Attila Andics of Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University, lead author of the Feb. 20 Current Biology paper describing the experiments. “It’s not only dogs and humans. We probably share thi…………………continues on Wired
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These awards are going to the dog writers
Article from Los Angeles Times:
NEW YORK — This was the dog writers’ biggest night.
The only things missing were the red carpet and interminable speeches.
And the dogs.
But they were there in spirit at the recent awards ceremony of the Dog Writers Assn. of America, which each year honors the men and women who write about man’s best friend.
“This is our version of the Emmys, the Grammys and the Academy Awards,” member and past award-winner Mary R. Burch said as she opened the evening at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
For the next three hours, more than 50 medallions, cash prizes and a trophy with a blue bone attached were handed out in a variety of categories, from droll (“Dogs vs. Cats: 10 Reasons Puppies Are Better”) to dry (“Dachshund DNA Samples Help Advance Understanding About Hemangiosarcoma”), underscoring what dog writers say is the broad range of their craft.
“People who are not in and of the dog world think, ‘Dog writers. What do they know?'” said Terry Cardillino, former editor of Ruff Drafts, the group’s quarterly newsletter, and of the Courier, the official magazine of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. “Peopl…………………continues on Los Angeles Times
The Sochi Report: U.S. Olympic Athletes Saving Sochi Stray Dogs
Sochi's stray dog problem became national news when the furry animals began dropping like flies in the street. To deal with its stray dog problem ahead of its Winter Olympics, Sochi began poisoning the animals that saturate the Black Sea resort town …
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