Animals & Plants

Your dog might be hiding its true colors

If you have a purebred dog, it’s likely that he or she looks fairly similar to other dogs of the same breed, especially when...

Owning a dog may strongly benefit your mental wellbeing

In a new study, researchers found that new dog owners had a big reduction in loneliness within three months of acquiring their pets. The study...

The deeper these octopuses live, the wartier their skin

Deep beneath the ocean's surface, surprisingly cute warty pink octopuses creep along the seafloor. But not all these octopuses look alike. While we humans love a...

Plants could alert neighbors when they come under attack from pests

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? New research...

Cats, like babies and dogs, have attachments to their caregivers, study shows

A new Oregon State University study finds that pet cats form attachments with their human owners that are similar to the bonds formed by...

1 billion tons of Kīlauea lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

Volcanoes are often feared for their destructive power, but a new study reminds us that they can foster new growth. A year ago in July,...

Owning a dog may help protect your heart health

In a new study, researchers found that owning a pet may help maintain a healthy heart, especially if that pet is a dog. The result...

Aging with pets isn’t just a sentimental concern, but a matter of health and...

Is home somewhere that you feel comfortable? Is it filled with memories of beloved friends and family — some of whom may be furry animals? Researchers...

Guacamole lovers, rejoice! The avocado genome has been sequenced

We now know the DNA of guacamole. Scientists have sequenced the avocado genome, shedding light on the ancient origins of this buttery fruit and laying...

Baby jumping spiders really are watching you

The vision of jumping spiders is nearly as keen in babies as adults, a University of Cincinnati study found. Baby jumping spiders can hunt prey...

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Harvard scientists confirm an important cause of grey hair

When Marie Antoinette was captured during the French Revolution, her hair reportedly turned white overnight. In more recent history, John McCain experienced severe injuries as...

Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...

This study finds a new cause of autism

Autism affects 1 in 59 children and is 4 times more common in boys than in girls, and it is a developmental disorder. People with...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This walking exercise can make older people healthy and fit

In a recent study from Shinshu University in Japan, researchers found an effective way to increase overall fitness and decrease lifestyle-related disease (LSD) through...