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What are the real zombies?

What are the real zombies?

Zombies have become staple figures of popular culture, and the zombie apocalypse is a trope that features in many books, movies, and TV series. But are there actual, real cases of zombiism in nature? Read this special feature to find out. Share on PinterestAre there any real cases of zombification? We investigate. Zombie. The walking […]

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Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke

Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke

Plenty of research has suggested that owning a dog can be beneficial to health. Two new studies now add to the existing evidence, finding an association between dog ownership and a significantly lower death risk following a stroke or heart attack. Owning a dog could help prolong the lifespan of a person who has experienced […]

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How selective breeding has altered dogs’ behavior

How selective breeding has altered dogs’ behavior

For centuries, humans have bred dogs for specific traits or behaviors, developing breeds with a wide array of “specializations,” from companionship to herding or scent hunting. A new study shows that this selectiveness has led to distinctive dog breeds with distinctive brains. Breeding dogs for different purposes has led to significant differences, not just in […]

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3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health

3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health

Many of us are scared or repulsed by “minibeasts,” such as insects and spiders. We often view such critters as pests, but these tiny creatures could hold the secret to better health and therapies. In this Spotlight feature, we explain how three “creepy crawlies” may revolutionize health research. This Spotlight feature explains how three critters […]

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Exploring spider venom’s dual attack

Exploring spider venom’s dual attack

Spider venom research has so far focused on a relatively narrow area. Now, a group of scientists in Switzerland has dug a little deeper to find out exactly how deadly it is. Could the secrets of spider venom help design new drugs? Animal venom has long been used in medicine. While the industry used to […]

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Which people foods are safe for dogs?

Which people foods are safe for dogs?

Dogs have a different digestive system from humans. This means that some foods that are safe for people can be harmful or even very dangerous for dogs. However, many human foods are also safe for dogs and can provide important nutrients and health benefits. Here, we look at which people foods are safe for dogs […]