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We Finally Know How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

For years, assistance dogs have been used to detect low blood sugar levels in their diabetic owners and warn of an impending hypoglycemia attack. Scientists have finally figured out how dogs are able to accomplish this feat — an insight that could lead to new medical sensors.


Watch This Freakishly Agile Dog-Bot Do The Dishes

Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe. But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.


Michael Bay's Terrible Filmmaking Style Used For Good Cause

Michael Bay has a bad habit of seeing something — in a newspaper, on TV, whatever — and suddenly deciding that something needs to go in his next movie, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. For instance, after watching a 60 Minutes segment on wingsuits, Bay forced a lengthy scene featuring them in Transformers 3. Now he’s done it again, but with a much happier result.


Looks Like We Were Wrong About The Origin Of Dogs

The precise origin of our canine companions is mired in controversy. But a new study suggests that dogs emerged from not one but two different populations of ancient wolves. What’s more, this dual domestication happened on opposite sides of the Eurasian continent.


A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it’s poison for dogs.


Cute Animation Imagines What Our Dogs Do When We Leave The House

Video: What does ol’ Fido do when we leave the house for the entire day? Does he wait patiently in front of the door? Or does he celebrate the freedom and jump on couches and eat snacks he’s not supposed to? Does he mourn a broken heart? Or does he not even notice? This fun animated short by Pieter Vandenabeele imagines a dog’s life and how wacky he gets when he’s left alone.


Furbo Pet Camera Review: It Confused My Dog And Busted My Naughty Landlord

My dog started to get anxious about my recent move as soon as he saw me packing boxes. So when Furbo, an Indiegogo success, offered us its new pet camera with a built in treat dispenser, it seemed like a great way to keep an eye on him and keep him happy. Naturally, I wanted it.


Why Your Labrador Retriever Loses Its Mind Around Food

As a breed, Labrador Retrievers often have serious food-related issues — a behavioural quirk that often leads to over-eating and canine obesity. Researchers have finally figured out why, and the answer could influence the way we treat human obesity.


Visual Effects Reel Reveals How They Make A Dog Attack A Person

Video: Dogs are friendly, loveable best friends. They don’t want to hurt anyone! So how do movies get dogs to attack people? With visual effects. A special effects team basically creates a digital double of a real dog and then makes it so that the CG-created dog attacks the actor in the way that the movie wants. In this VFX reel of German movie Look Who’s Back, it shows how that whole process works.


Why Are Dogs So Insanely Happy To See Us When We Get Home?

Unlike a certain companion animal that will go unnamed, dogs lose their minds when reunited with their owners. But it’s not immediately obvious why our canine companions should grant us such an over-the-top greeting — especially considering the power imbalance that exists between the two species. We spoke to the experts to find out why.


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