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They’re sober, honest! Scientists made dairy cows walk in a straight line – but to test their gait, not their alcohol intake! Link to associated research paper (Tijssen et al., 2021).
AI experts suggest 39 percent of domestic chores could be automated within a decade
Researchers predicted the percentage of time that will no longer be spent on housework in 5 years and in 10 years, thanks to automation of domestic tasks. The predictions estimated by experts varied according to their country and gender (top panel). Experts’ estimation of the reduction in time dedicated to domestic work also varied significantly between activities (bottom panel): grocery shopping was predicted to be most automatable within 10 years whereas physical childcare was predicted to be least automatable.
Link to associated research paper (Shi et al., 2023).
Seven canine behaviors seen as important for bonding with your dog
Owners identify seven behaviors which they report as important for bonding with their dog: physical touch, consistency, proximity, communication, positivity, attunement, and shared activities. Link to associated research paper (Riddoch et al., 2022).
Dogs with more active owners may get more exercise
Compared to inactive owners, active dog owners report exercising their dogs more and report their dogs’ weight as healthier. Link to associated research paper (Banton et al., 2022).
Great Britain’s city centers ranked on “greenness”
Researchers used a new greenness metric to rank the UK’s 68 urban centers with a population of over 100,000, with the top five being Exeter, Islington, Bristol, Bournemouth, and Cambridge, and the bottom five being Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Sheffield, Liverpool, and Leeds. Link to associated research paper (Robinson et al., 2022).
Dogs’ average age at cancer diagnosis is associated with size, sex, breed
Researchers studied the median age at which 43 different dog breeds are diagnosed with cancer, finding that Mastiffs had the youngest median age at cancer diagnosis (5 years), while Bichon Frises had the oldest median age (11.5 years). The median age of cancer diagnosis was also seen to be lower for purebred dogs than for mixed breed dogs. This information may guide cancer screening practices for earlier detection and treatment. Link to associated research paper (Rafalko et al., 2023).
The Secret Life of Bees: Honey bee behavior within the hive
Through video analysis, the researchers identified multiple honey bee behaviours inside the hive, including hive remodelling, surface cleaning, self-grooming, brood care, pollen and nectar storage, and even cannibalism. Link to associated research paper (Siefert et al., 2021).
Bumblebees can learn to solve a puzzle by watching a trained “demonstrator” bee
Bumblebees can learn by watching a trained bee demonstrating one of two ways to solve puzzle for a sugary reward, then copy the bee to solve the puzzle in the same way. Link to associated research paper (Bridges et al., 2023).