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Only 'cat whisperers' can read felines' facial expressions
New research finds that most people are unable to read cats' facial expressions, apart from a small group of so-called cat whisperers. (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are studying hibernation to tackle obesity
New research in hibernating mammals reveals that noncoding DNA may play a role in mechanisms related to obesity control in humans and other animals. (Medical News Today)

Are most dolphins 'right-handed,' too?
After studying dolphins for 6 years, researchers have found that these mammals have a preference for their right sides, similar to human right-handedness. (Medical News Today)

Fixing bird wings with sheep bones
The current method of fixing broken bird bones is not ideal. A recent study investigates whether pins made of dog or sheep bone might be more effective. (Medical News Today)

How fast does a blue whale's heart beat?
Scientists have recorded a blue whale's heart rate for the first time. The findings may explain why no other animal has ever been larger than a blue whale. (Medical News Today)

New research finds better way of calculating dogs' real ages
A team of researchers says that it has found a more accurate way to calculate dogs' real age and to show how it compares with age in human years. (Medical News Today)

Common fire retardant makes prairie voles anxious, less social
New research examines the gender-specific effects of a common flame retardant mixture on the social and affective behavior of prairie voles. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria: How bats 'shift the paradigm'
A recent study investigates the microbiomes of bats. The authors conclude that, in some ways, bats' gut bacteria don't follow the rules. (Medical News Today)

Punishment could make your dog more pessimistic
(Medical News Today)

Vulturine guineafowl's complex societies overturn scientific assumptions
For the first time, researchers have found that some birds form multilevel societies, which zoologists had thought was something that only mammals did. (Medical News Today)

What are the real zombies?
Are there any zombies in nature? And what about humans, are we ever at risk of zombification? Read our special feature to find out what science has to say. (Medical News Today)

Pigs have the intelligence to use tools
(Medical News Today)

Why do dogs develop infections after surgery?
A recent study investigates the factors that increase the risk of a dog developing an infection following surgery. They also look at the financial effects. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans. (Medical News Today)

Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike
Researchers have found that some raw dog food products harbor harmful bacteria that could cause infections both in dogs and their human family members. (Medical News Today)

Why baboons may provide clues about human gut microbiome
New findings suggest that although bonobos and chimpanzees are the closest to humans genetically, baboons have the most similar gut bacteria. Why is this? (Medical News Today)

Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke
Two new studies show that owning a dog significantly reduces people's risk of death following a heart attack or stroke, as well as death from any cause. (Medical News Today)

Apes may 'read' others' mental states, just like humans
A new investigation into the so-called theory of mind suggests that apes, just like humans, have the ability to 'read' another agent's intentions. (Medical News Today)

How whales and dolphins evolved for life at sea
New research identifies 85 genes, the loss of which may have allowed whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans to adapt to life in an aquatic environment. (Medical News Today)

New three-sexed roundworm species has 'extreme arsenic resistance'
Scientists have found a new ringworm species that has three sexes and is resistant to 500 times the arsenic concentration that would kill a human. (Medical News Today)

Letter from the Editor: It's raining cats and dogs
In this month's letter, Managing Editor Honor Whiteman talks about a fantastic new type of content that landed on Medical News Today this September. (Medical News Today)

Cats bond with caregivers just as much as babies and dogs
A study finds that felines bond with their caregivers just as much as babies and dogs, in spite of their reputation for being aloof. (Medical News Today)

North American birds declined by 29% since 1970
According to a new study, the bird population of North America and Canada has shrunk by almost one-third in the last 50 years. Can we halt the decline? (Medical News Today)

'Antibiotic resistance in farm animals is rising fast'
Antibiotic resistance is reaching a crisis point not just for humans, but also for farm animals bred for food, global evidence suggests. (Medical News Today)

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