New research shows that dogs can be trained to detect the malaria parasite in infected individuals using their keen sense of smell. In 2016, an estimated 445,000 global deaths were attributed to malaria, according to the World Health Organization. The number barely budged from the year before, when 446,000 people succumbed to the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, which spreads through infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Overall, global infection rates are even less encouraging; in 2016, an estimated 216 million malaria cases were documented—an increase of 5 million from the year before. “Worryingly, our progress on the control of malaria has stalled in recent years, so we desperately need innovative new tools to help in the fight against malaria,” said James Logan, Head of the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), in a statement. Indeed, diagnosing people with suspected infections is a laborious and … [Read more...] about Dogs Can Sniff Out Malaria in Worn Socks
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The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out the original population of European canines, according to new research. Starting around 11,000 years ago, Neolithic farmers who had established themselves in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East—what is now modern day Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Iraq—began to migrate into Europe. As they settled new lands, these pioneering farmers brought their domesticated animals with them, such as sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle, along with cultivated plants like wheat barley, peas, and lentils. Less known, however, is whether these farmers brought their dogs, too, or if they simply adopted the indigenous population of European dogs, who had been living on the continent for thousands of years prior to the Neolithic expansion. As new genetic evidence published this week in Biology Letters indicates, these original European dogs, who lived with Mesolithic … [Read more...] about New Theory Explains Why Europe’s Original Dogs Vanished
Depending on how much you dote on your dog, you’ll read news of a Houston couples’ new line of dog beers in one of a few ways. But let’s get one detail clear right away: There is no alcohol, or hops, or brewer’s yeast in these “beers;” they’re made of chicken and pork and vegetable broth. Okay, now let’s talk about the concept of paying $5 for a drink for your dog. If you have ever hand-sewn a Halloween costume for your dog, cooked dinner for your dog, or refer to it regularly as your “fur baby,” you may have already emailed Good Boy Dog Beer demanding a shipment of its IPA Lot In The Yard cans to your front door. If you feed your dog standard kibble, walk it when necessary, and let it chew on the same desiccated squeak toy it’s loved for years, spending $5 on a single can of “dog beer” probably seems ridiculous. If you don’t own a dog, you’ve dismissed these dog beer people as outright … [Read more...] about Heckin’ good boys have their own “dog beer” now
Memory Everything feels fleeting these days, so this week we're stepping back to explore all things memory in technology, science, and entertainment. Let’s say your long-term relationship totally implodes. Browsing for a new apartment, or a therapist that takes your insurance, you hear your dog bark in the other room—and realize, with a start, that it’s not actually your dog. Once you’re all moved out, the dog will be out of your life, too. Stewing in self-pity you think—and subsequently become convinced—that this dog, who you’ve fed and bathed who knows how many times, and coined several adorable nicknames for, will forget you ever existed by the start of next spring. Probably, for your own health, you should just avoid those kinds of thoughts. Still, the question remains: Are you correct? Can a dog forget one of the people in its life, if that person suddenly leaves it for a long (or long-ish) period of time? To find out, for this … [Read more...] about Do Dogs Forget Their People?
Sony on Thursday announced it's bringing its refreshed Aibo robot dog to the US.The new gadget will use sophisticated cameras and sensors to map your house, so it can easily move around and go to its charging station on its own. It will also recognize up to 100 faces and remember interactions with people, allowing its artificial intelligence engine to develop a unique personality that changes over time, according to Sony. Now Playing: Watch this: Aibo, fetch! We play with Sony's $2,899 robopup 3:48 "No two Aibo companion robots are the same," Sony said Thursday.But those features won't come cheap: A bundle package for the robot dog will cost $2,899, around the same price as some purebred puppies or two midrange MacBook Pro laptops. Presales start in September, with deliveries expected in time for the holidays. The new Aibo -- sleeker than its boxy ancestor -- will be on exhibit to the US public in one place only before it goes on sale: at Sony Square in Manhattan from Friday … [Read more...] about Sony’s new Aibo robot dog can be yours for a whopping $2,899