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  • Dogs’ Brains Have Human-like “Voice Area”
    By on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “When you hear a friend’s voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can’t see her. And from the tone of her speech, you quickly gauge if she’s happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a ‘voice area.’ Now, scientists using brain scanners and a crew of eager dogs have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. The finding helps explain how canines can be so attuned to their owners’ (more…)

  • Ore-Sniffing Dogs Rediscovered By Mining Industry
    By on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “In the 60s and 70s Sweden, Russia and Finland were the foremost players in the game of ore dogs, using dogs to sniff out ore deposits for mining. The technique was forgotten in the last century, but this article shows they’re now being used again to discover ore deposits. From the article: ‘The keen noses of sniffer dogs are proving so successful at locating ore that even the mining giants are sitting up and (more…)

  • Why Dogs Pee on Hydrants, Lick faces & Sniff Everything
    By on September 26, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Think you know what it is like inside of a dog’s world? Well forget everything you know. Because forgetting what we think we know is the best way to begin understanding dogs. Author Alexandra Horowitz explains why dogs do what they do (and why they do it!)