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It’s been a pretty long stressful week around here, and not just because of Pepsipocalypse and the resulting fallout. But, well, I’m back, and I have an awesome paper to tell you about. When I saw it I just KNEW it had to be blogged. Mythbuster Adam Savage sets the yawning in motion in Mythbusters…

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I spent a lot of time today thinking back to why I started blogging in the first place, while I was at my parents house doing the other-than-science things that I love to do: playing with the dog, cooking, gardening. I realized that I’ve not done enough of that stuff lately.…

Once upon a Thursday night, blog bff Scicurious asked a particular blogger named Jason if he had access to a paper titled, Contraceptive efficacy of polyester-induced azoospermia in normal men. “I certainly hope so,” he said. And so he logged in to his university’s library proxy website, and searched for the paper. She said, “PLEASE…

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally. For example, dogs can figure out where a human’s attention is, are really good at picking up on eye-gaze and finger pointing cues, distinguish…

I’ve decided I want to cover some recent research on social cognition in domesticated dogs. But first, we need some background. So here’s a repost from the old blog. Today I want to tell you about one of my most favorite studies, ever, of animals. Are you ready? It’s a FIFTY YEAR LONG longitudinal study…

In Memory of Isis the Dog

Yesterday Dr. Isis informed the world that, unfortunately, Isis the Dog passed away. A sad day in the life of any pet owner, I imagine it is especially troubling for Little Isis. Being the proprietor of the SB home for all things animal and thoughtful, I asked the goddess if I could construct a blog…

Lately, a paper to be published in the June edition of the American Naturalist has been getting some attention. The findings that are getting reported out of this paper didn’t make sense to me, but I wondered if this was an issue with accuracy in reporting. So I went and found the paper. Turns out…

…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word? Consider the word “tiger”, being learned by a child with already a modest vocabulary, at least for animal words. First the child must make a new entry in the…

Let me tell you a little story. When I was born my parents had two cats. One was named Garfield. The other…well, I don’t remember what the other one was called. Not long after I was born, and little Jason was coughing up furballs, the doctors informed the parents that their little bundle of skin…

In Case There Was Any Doubt

Animals dream, too! It’s definitely not a seizure, and it’s definitely not random motor actions. Those actions are totally coordinated. Poor dog must have been dreaming about a dog fight or something.