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Sheepdogs round up the rules for crowd control

Laura Goodall posted in on August 28th, 2014.

Scientists have found two simple rules behind how sheepdogs manage to round up and move sheep so efficiently, which they hope can be used in designing robots for crowd control or environmental cleanup. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface this week, involved strapping backpacks with GPS units to sheepdogs and sheep and […]

BPA, brain and behaviour – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2013.

A study published this week in the journal PNAS finds that mice exposed to prenatal BPA exhibit changes in brain gene expression and increase in anxiety related behaviours. The study claims that the mice were given a dose of BPA that is comparable to human exposure. BPA is found in many plastics including bottles and […]

Experts on mobile phones and child behaviour

Peter Griffin posted in on December 7th, 2010.

A newly published paper has drawn a link between regular mobile phone use by pregnant women before and after their child is born, and later behavioural problems shown by the child, particularly if they begin using mobile phones early, too. The paper, “Cell phone use and behavioural problems in young children”,  was published in the […]

3 News: Dogs can understand human emotion – research

Peter Griffin posted in on August 23rd, 2010.

Researchers from the University of Otago have found that dogs are able to differentiate between a number of human emotions, including happiness, anger and sadness. The scientists have been watching the behaviour of almost 100 dogs, and are still trying to understand to what extent the dogs understand emotions, or simply react to them. An […]

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