If ever there was an animal that most exemplified a Shakespearean tragedy, it'd be the pug. The same features that have made them Instagram stars and one of the most popular dog breeds - their mushy cubed heads, bulging big eyes and never-ending folds - also underlie the multitude of health problems from which they suffer. A new study published this week in the BMJ suggests that the plights of pugdom are even worse than we thought.
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If you've ever been nervous around a dog and told to just be calm because dogs can "smell fear", you know that this advice is about as effective as telling a pissed-off person to chill. The sentiment behind that guidance, though, appears to be rooted in some truth: While dogs probably can't smell fear, they do seem to respond to fearful people with more aggression. A new study published yesterday in the BMJ found that anxious, neurotic people are more likely to be bitten by dogs. Further, the researchers found that most victims were bitten by dogs they didn't know.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.