Animals & Plants

Dog owners, but not cat owners, may have lower risk of disability

In a new study from National Institute for Environmental Studies, researchers found that seniors who own a dog may be at lower risk of...

Scientists find better way to calculate fuel efficiency for dolphins

Researchers use noninvasive movement tags and a device that measures oxygen consumption to assess how much energy a dolphin uses while swimming. From foraging for...

Pets may help slow down cognitive decline in older people

In a new study from the University of Michigan, researchers found owning a pet, like a dog or cat, especially for five years or...

Deer, mink and hyenas have caught COVID-19 – why humans need to worry

In April 2020, tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo made the news when they came down with COVID-19. In the months following these surprising...

This dinosaur era crab was sharp-eyed, speedy swimmer

With its adorable big eyes, this predator seemed more Disney than deadly. A crab roughly the size of a quarter was found in the waters...

Dogs can be trained to sniff out COVID-19 – Here is why

With up to 300 million scent receptors, dogs are among the best smell detectors in the animal world. The human nose, by comparison, contains only...

Scientists find the way to help dogs lose weight safely

Overfed dogs experience some of the same maladies associated with overweight and obesity in humans. In a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,...

Mosquitoes have color preferences. Could we hide from them?

Beating the bite of mosquitoes this spring and summer could hinge on your attire and your skin. New research led by scientists at the University...

What is your dog’s lifespan? You might be surprised

How old is your dog in human years? And what factors contribute to a long and healthy life for a dog? For years, it’s been...

How to feed your dog (for health and longevity)

Get a DOG! It’s my favorite ‘prescription’ to give patients. Dogs are wonderful companions, offer unconditional love and most importantly, they keep you active! But...