Dogs Become Attached To Their Owners In Much The Same Way As Infants To Their Caregivers

A new study finds the first conclusive evidence that dogs become attached to their owners in much the same way as infants with their caregivers.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

Just like humans, it’s important for animals to develop relationships with their own kind. However, when it comes to domesticated animals, relationships can go in a different direction. Researchers have found that pet owners oftentimes develop strong bonds with their pets similar to that of a parent and their infant child.

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Robotic Roaches May Soon Help Disaster Recovery, As Swarms Crawl Through Collapsed Buildings [VIDEO]

Automatically piloted cockroaches may help disaster recovery in the future, when earthquakes and bombs collapse buildings.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

Roboticists at North Carolina State University announced Tuesday they had connected Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect system to the newly developed electronic interface, which spurs the roach into motion by sending small electrical signals to the antennae and cerci. An electrical impulse to the antennae signals an obstacle ahead, whereas the same to the cerci mimics the effect of a detected air current nearby — causing the animal to flee from predation, or a giant human hand about to smash it.

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