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The Curious Character Of Cats. Are They Are Really More Aloof?To some people, cats are the perfect pet. Intelligent, elegant, calming companions, capable of dealing with their own exercise and cleaning. To others, they are frustratingly independent, cool and aloof. So what is the true nature of the domestic cat? The Conversation

5 Old-Fashioned Ways to Predict the Weather

5 Old-Fashioned Ways to Predict the WeatherIn an age where the weather app is a tap away, we don’t need to look far for a forecast. But what if you don’t have internet? Have you noticed how nature gives its own subtle forecast clues?

Why Can't Cats Resist Thinking Inside The Box?

Why Can't Cats Resist Thinking Inside The Box?

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the #CatSquare. The Conversation

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

The next time you bite into an apple, spare a thought for the soils that helped to produce it. Soils play a vital role, not just in an apple’s growth, but in our own health too. The Conversation

Chasing Down Food May Get Tougher For These Birds

Chasing Down Food May Get Tougher For These BirdsTracking the movements of three species of migratory birds indicates that finding food may become a challenge for them by the end of the century.

How Do Animals See In The Dark?

How Do Animals See In The Dark?On a moonless night, light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright daylight.

Could Scientists Breed More Resilient Honey Bees?

Could Scientists Breed More Resilient Honey Bees?The discovery of a core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees more resilient to stress.

Is There A Link Between Owning A Cat And Mental Illness?

Is There A Link Between Owning A Cat And Mental Illness?Over the past few years, cats have increasingly attracted media attention due to a number of scientific studies reporting that a Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii) infection is linked with mental health issues, including schizophrenia, suicide and intermittent rage disorder.

Your Dog Can Remember More Than You Think

Your Dog Can Remember More Than You ThinkAny dog owner will tell you how smart they think their dog is. What we usually think of as smartness in dogs is measured or observed in their external behaviour.

Dharma -- My Little Furry Angel

Dharma -- My Little Furry Angel of Peace and LoveNearing the lake on that warm September morning, I heard a tiny mewing sound. My first inclination was to ignore the cries. I've been through enough lately, I thought; I can hardly take care of myself. Meow! Meow! The insistent pleas continued.

How Man's Best Friend Is Helping Cancer Treatment

How Man's Best Friend Is Helping Cancer Treatment“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart…”

What Taking Your Dog For Walks Says About Your Relationship

What Taking Your Dog For Walks Says About Your RelationshipDogs love walks. And unless it’s pouring with rain and blowing a gale, so do their owners. But there’s much more to this daily routine than you might think.

3 Things To Make Your Home More Sustainable And Comfortable

3 Things To Make Your Home More Sustainable And Comfortable

When it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability.

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me AwayI raised my hand in class at the University of Santa Monica and quietly shared that there was something I needed to own. I told the class that I’d had an extraordinary experience of personal healing in my life, and that I was a healer. That I had been working for a number of years on developing and refining my approach...

How To Attract Your Favorite Birds To Your Garden

Different species may congregate at a feeding spot. Brad Walker, The ConversationIt brings many people joy to provide food and water for birds, to encourage them to stay a while and be given the chance to observe them more closely. But some people are reluctant to interact with birds in this way because they’re worried it might damage the birds’ health.

Can Facebook Help You Make Your Home More Sustainable?

Can Facebook Help You Make Your Home More Sustainable?Facebook has always been controversial, with many users worrying about how the information they post might be used. Lately, the social media behemoth has also been criticized for facilitating the spread of fake news.

Is Your Fridge Cold Enough To Keep Food Safe

Is Your Fridge Cold Enough To Keep Food SafeFood, glorious food. Without it we would perish, or at the very least complain a lot. Yet the way we store it might not be keeping us as safe from illness as we think.

The Best And Worst Ways To Beat Mosquito Bites

The Best And Worst Ways To Beat Mosquito BitesFirst one, then another. Bite! Slap! Bite! Before you know it, mosquitoes are descending from the skies to disrupt your backyard summer soiree.

What Will All The Stuff You Own Mean When You're Older?

What Will All The Stuff You Own Mean When You're Older?The doldrums of the post-Christmas binge is a time for clearing out your drawers, culling that book collection or re-gifting hampers of toiletries to friends who are unlucky enough to have a birthday that gets hoovered up into the holiday season.

Dogs Have 3X More BPA After Eating Canned Food

Dogs Have 3X More BPA After Eating Canned FoodResearchers saw a three-fold increase in BPA levels in dogs who ate canned dog food for two weeks. They also saw changes in the dogs’ gut microbes.

Why Most Animals Can't Handle City Living

Why Most Animals Can't Handle City LivingThe grand finale of the BBC’s Planet Earth II showcased the ingenious strategies that some animals use to thrive in urban environments. Though impressive, these species are in the minority.

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, Weeds

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, WeedsFarmers looking to reduce reliance on pesticides, herbicides, and other pest management tools may want to heed the advice of agricultural scientists: Let nature be nature—to a degree.

How Dogs Are Really Affected By Fireworks

How Dogs Are Really Affected By FireworksWhether it’s Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, or just an everyday celebration, every winter, as soon as the clocks go back, the fireworks begin.

Watch Mom Teach Young Chimps To Use Tools

Watch Mom Teach Young Chimps To Use ToolsAnthropologists for the first time have captured on video wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools to find food. The videos were made at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.

How To Fight The Constant Demands For New Stuff

A thing of the past? Blue Mountains Local Studies, CC BY-SAIs the throwaway era about to end? The past half century has given us toasters that are irreparable after a minor fault, T-shirts that quickly shrink or fade, and vacuum cleaners that need replacing after a few years.

What Have Cats Ever Done For Us?

What Have Cats Ever Done For Us?The bird experts and authors of the book Cat Wars recently called for all free-roaming cats to be euthanised or kept on a lead. They argue that cats’ tendency to kill birds and small mammals has lead to a catastrophic decline in the numbers of these creatures.

A Revolution Disguised As Organic Gardening

A Revolution Disguised As Organic GardeningIt is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Bill Mollison on Saturday, September 24 (1928-2016). He was one of the true pioneers of the modern environmental movement, not just in Australia but globally.

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For You

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For YouAs the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. This week we’ve asked our experts to share the science behind gardening. So grab a trowel and your green thumbs, and dig in.

Do Kids Who Grow Kale Eat Kale?

 If kids grow kale, do they eat it? U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY It’s back-to-school time in the United States, and for countless children across the nation, it’s also time to get back into the school garden.

What Dogs See When They Watch Television

What Dogs See When They Watch TelevisionDog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their pooch’s head? Indeed, by tracking their vision using similar methods used on humans, research has found that domestic dogs do prefer certain images and videos.

New Kitchen Wrap Clothes Would Help Us Stay Cool

New Kitchen Wrap Clothes Would Help Us Stay CoolIf woven into clothing, a new low-cost, plastic-based textile could cool your body far more efficiently than is possible with the natural or synthetic fabrics in clothes we wear today.

Spying On Pets At Home With Pet Wearables

Spying On Pets At Home With Pet WearablesThe Williams’ residence in suburban Melbourne is home to three dogs and five humans. Life is often chaotic as each member of the household negotiates for space and attention.

Do Dogs Most Desire Food Or Praise?

Do Dogs Most Desire Food Or Praise?Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners rather than food, according to one of the first studies to combine brain-imaging data with behavioral experiments to explore canine reward preferences.

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens

community gardens 8 16On a recent Monday evening in Seattle’s Central District, a handful of people gathered to work on a community farm. They pulled weeds, talked about the best ways to string up tomatoes, checked the progress of the greens and beans, harvested radishes and planted wildflowers.

What We Can Learn From Horses for Relationships at Work and at Home

What Horses Can Teach UsAs I became more adept at motivating my horse, focusing her attention, and gaining her respect, relationships at home and work improved. People commented on the change, yet no one could pinpoint what had shifted. The plot thickened as I gained more knowledge about instinctual horse behavior.

Is Your Stress Affecting Your Pets and Those You Love?

Is Your Stress Affecting Your Pets and Those You Love?In treating stress-related disorders in animals that we share our lives with, we must first look honestly at ourselves. How is the stress that we are carrying affecting them? Animals who are closely knit with their human families experience extreme stress when their humans do.

Are Parakeets On Course For Global Domination?

Are Parakeets On Course For Global Domination?Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they’re here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your hand.

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee Free

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee FreeBees provide us with an invaluable service by pollinating plants, an indispensable part of natural and agricultural ecosystems. This is why declining bee populations are such a big concern.

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?Plant biologists have discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow.

Is Marijuana Really Getting Stronger?

Is Marijuana Really Getting Stronger?Cannabis continues to be the world’s favourite illicit drug with around 147m people using it annually. However, there are fears that the drug is becoming increasingly potent and that it could pose a public health risk. But how reliable is the evidence? And is it really getting stronger?

16 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Safer, Greener & Fun

The ideas below are from the Great Neighborhood Book, a collaboration between OTC Senior Fellow Jay Walljasper and Project for Public Spaces. Walljasper is a Minneapolis-based speaker and consultant about how to strengthen communities.The ideas below are from the Great Neighborhood Book, a collaboration between OTC Senior Fellow Jay Walljasper and Project for Public Spaces. Walljasper is a Minneapolis-based speaker and consultant about how to strengthen communities.

Why Don't Plants Get Sunburn?

Why Don't Plants Get Sunburn?The one fact about plants that most people probably remember from school is that they use sunlight to make their own food. That process, photosynthesis, means that plants are dependent on sunlight.

Becoming Family: Love Has No Time Limits

The Long WaitMowgli arrived at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah after being rejected by two shelters. On my day for volun­teering, I saw the eight-month-old malamute sitting off by himself, and I walked over to the fence to talk to him. When those mahogany eyes looked deep into my heart and touched my soul, I fell in love.

Why Are Some Bird Species So Successful In Cities?

Bold colours: Rainbow Lorikeets are among the most successful city birds. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert, Author providedLife in the city can be stressful – for birds just as much as people. For humans, cities are expressly designed to put roofs over heads and food within easy reach, but the opposite can be true for many urban birds. They can find food and shelter harder to come by in the concrete jungle – with some notable exceptions.

The Little Country That Tries To Be Shangri-La

The Little Country That Tries To Be Shangri-LaThe idea that we can't feed ourselves with sustainable means is scoffed at by many. Without oil, pesticides, and GMOs we will certainly starve we are told by an establishment that sometimes seems without conscience.

Could The Mystery Of The Meow Actually Be Solved By A New Talking Cat Collar?

Could The Mystery Of The Meow Actually Be Solved By A New Talking Cat Collar?Imagine you’re a cat, and, every time you meowed, the loud voice of a snooty-sounding British gentleman kindly informed your human guardian of your every thought and feeling (well, the thoughts and feelings you had before you were terrified by the sound of the voice).

A Brief History Of Telling Time

A Brief History Of Telling TimeWe live in a world where time is all important. Nanoseconds mark the difference between success or failure to make an electronic transaction and where we are continuously reminded of “the time”: of being early or late, of having missed an appointment or arriving “before time”. In today’s world, time now governs our life.

Studying Stressed Humans Can Help Us Keep Animals Happy

African grey parrots are better off with some company. Papooga, CC BYIt’s hard to avoid stress, and the expectation that we are camels with unbreakable backs. I know this from personal experience as part of the “squeezed generation” with young children, an old parent and a demanding job.

How Your Garden Could Help Stop City Flooding

urban gardening1 5 14Urban flooding represents the most common yet severe environmental threat to cities and towns worldwide. Future changes in rainfall extremes are likely to increase this threat, even in areas that could become drier.

A Lesson in Love and Acceptance from Morris the Cat

Morris the CatAbout six months after Morris first ap­peared at Lauren’s door, he started to appear at my door instead. All my life I’d had a cat phobia. Cats terrified me so much that I had recurrent nightmares about a cat jumping from a tall staircase and landing on the back of my neck.

Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their Own

Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their OwnWith more people than ever living in cities, how do we reconcile our need for fresh fruit and vegetables with the challenges of life in an urban environment where the time and space for gardening are limited?

Meet Your Hidden Housemates: Cockroaches, Oooh

The rather handsome Speckled Cockroach from north-east Africa has spread across the world with human assistance. Anthony O'TooleCockroaches are a very ancient group of insects. They have been around virtually unchanged in general appearance since the Carboniferous period, more than 300 million years ago. Technically speaking they are in the Order Blattodea (the same level of classification as, for instance, all butterflies and moths).

How Serious Is Inbreeding In Show Dogs?

How Serious Is Inbreeding In Show Dogs?A German shepherd with a sloping back that was awarded best of breed brought the dog show Crufts in for this year’s annual bout of criticism. Viewers took to social media to accuse the owner of animal cruelty by suggesting that its unusual shape meant the dog must suffer health problems brought on by inbreeding – something the owner denied.

Why Dog Breeds Aren't Considered Separate Species

Great Dane, meet Chihuahua. You have lots in common. Ellen Levy Finch, CC BY-SA

Dog owners might disagree, but as far as evolutionary biologists are concerned, all dogs are just dogs. It may seem odd that Canis (lupus) familiaris extends from rabbit-sized Chihuahuas to Great Danes which can be almost the size of a small pony, whereas seemingly much smaller differences place many animals into separate species or sub-species.

Organic Farming Techniques Are Closing Gap On Conventional Yields

Organic Farming Techniques Are Closing Gap On Conventional Yields

Some farmers have turned to less chemically-intensive techniques to reduce the negative impact of agriculture, such as organic farming, which has been shown to outperform conventional farming by many standards of environmental sustainability. The question is whether we can meet the demand for food, which is predicted to rise substantially in the next 50 years.

Meet The Hidden Molds Growing In Your Home

Aspergillus niger, the fungal dandelion Michael TaylorHome alone? Hardly. Our homes are positively swarming with creatures of all kinds. In our new series, we’ll be profiling the “hidden housemates” that live with us.

Are Energy Star Ratings A Good Idea For Homes?

Are Energy Star Ratings A Good Idea For Homes?Homebuyers respond well to green features such as solar panels, rather than stats and figures. If you’ve ever bought a home you’ll know the feeling of deciphering real estate advertising spin. But those advertisements traditionally don’t tell you about how much

Why The Internet Of Things May End Up Ruling Our Lives

Why The  Internet Of Things May End Up Ruling Our LivesTechnology’s promise of wonderful things in the future stretches from science fiction to science fact: self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart devices such as Google Glass, and the internet of things are designed to make our lives easier and more productive.

How Did Moscow's Stray Dogs Learn To Navigate The Metro?

How Did Moscow's Stray Dogs Learn To Navigate The Metro?For most of us, commuting is a task to be endured. Busy, noisy and often cramped, the world’s underground transport systems are places that we humans tolerate as a matter of necessity. But not so for Moscow’s “metro dogs”.

Clean And Declutter Your Way To Happiness

Clean And Declutter Your Way To HappinessSydney’s first Muji store opened in 2015 and with it came attractive minimalism, simplicity, and functionality – a kind of consumption that was somehow about consuming less.

Dogs Really Can Tell How Their Owners Are Feeling

Dogs Really Can Tell How Their Owners Are FeelingCan dogs tell when we are happy, sad or angry? As a dog owner, I feel confident not only that I can tell what kind of emotional state my pets are in, but also that they respond to my emotions. Yet as a hard-headed scientist, I try to take a more rational and pragmatic view. These personal observations seem more likely to result from my desire for a good relationship with my dogs.

Home Growing Produces Ten Times the Food of Arable Farms

Home Growing Produces Ten Times the Food of Arable FarmsThe environmental and nutrient impact of our food choices had been on my mind for several weeks when a year-old article in the Telegraph recently came to my attention, prompting me to assemble the thoughts that had been gradually coalescing.

Spare A Thought For Our Furry Friends This Christmas

Spare A Thought For Our Furry Friends This ChristmasChristmas is typically a time for celebrating and spending time with loved ones. But while we party, give lavish presents, and visit our families, we can sometimes overlook how some very important family members — our pets — might be affected.

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your Body

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your BodyMore than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is more than 70%. Yet contact with nature has numerous benefits for both our physical and mental health.

How To Avoid The Hidden Killer In Your Home

How To Avoid The Hidden Killer In Your HomeCarbon Monoxide is a much-publicised invisible killer. But there’s another little-known gas that kills 27 times more people, causing the deaths of 1,100 people a year in the UK alone. Worse still, it could be seeping into your home.

Why Cats Are Fussy Eaters But Dogs Will Consume Almost Anything

dog drinking teaWhy Cats Are Fussy Eaters But Dogs Will Consume Almost AnythingAnyone who’s watched a cat throwing up after munching on grass knows that our feline friends aren’t natural plant eaters. So you might be surprised to discover that these carnivorous animals share some important genes that are more typically associated with herbivores. And this might help explain why cats aren’t always easy to please when it comes to food.

No More Hiding Places in Your Home, Attic, Garage...

No More Hiding Places in Your Home

We have to empty out our hiding places and commit to no more hiding. Think of the closet that you open just a crack, shove your possession in, and close as quickly as possible. Think of the junk drawer. Think of your garage or your attic...

How Do Hummingbirds Draw In Nectar?

How Do Hummingbirds Draw In Nectar?Hummingbirds live life at incomprehensible speeds. Their flight acrobatics are amazing, maneuvering more like insects than birds as they flit around, flying upside down and even backwards. They’re a blur as they race between flowers. When they do pause to visit a flower momentarily, they’re licking 15 to 20 times a second to extract their nectar fuel.

Finding Calmness, Comfort and Strength by Embracing the Moon

Finding Calmness, Comfort and Strength by Embracing the MoonAfter a day of stress, of decision making, of kid's fights to referee -- when your body is tense and depression is knocking at your mind's front door...what could possibly be the ticket to relief? Could it be as simple as stepping outside to gaze at the night moon?

Preserving and Foraging: Depending on Nature for Food

Depending on Nature for Food: Preserving and ForagingLife, for foragers, can be more secure for the simple fact that they understand crop failures happen. Thus, we learn not to depend wholly on one type of food. The lovely thing about foraging is that there are always alternatives. In nature, there are usually plenty of options, and all of them are free.

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