Dogs

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association says that brushing a dog's teeth regularly is the best way to maintain their oral health, and Bristly is a new tool designed to let them do the grunt work.​
  • ​A couple of years ago, Matthew Edwards' family dog had to be euthanized due to heat stroke. This inspired the South Carolina-based engineer to ensure that other dogs not meet the same fate – the result is the Dawg Tag core temperature-sensing harness.
  • ​Could scent-tracking sniffer dogs be out of a job? Well, perhaps eventually. Scientists from Japan's Kyushu University have developed a prototype robot that can detect and follow odors left on the ground, such as those deposited in footprints.
  • ​It was just last year that we heard about Anthouse, an interactive robot designed to entertain your home-alone dog. Unfortunately that project got cancelled, but guilty pet-owners can take heart – Mia has hit Kickstarter.
  • Science
    Researchers are using GoPro cameras to train AI neural networks to behave and plan like dogs. By strapping a GoPro camera to an Alaskan Malamute's head, the team recorded 380 dog's-eye-view video clips which were then shown to the neural net to teach it how dogs are likely to behave.
  • Man's best friend is finally getting some architect-designed digs, courtesy of well-known firms, including Zaha Hadid Design and Studio Octopi. The dog shelters will be sold at auction to raise money for Britain's Blue Cross animal charity.
  • ​At the end of a fun afternoon on fast bikes, we sat down again with motorcycling legend "Electric Terry" Hershner to finish our chat about the first electric Ironbutt, the Vetter Challenge, riding with his manic dog Charger and a future in which two-way EV charging can support the power grid.
  • Throwing some scientific evidence into the debate over animal intelligence is a new study from an international team of scientists attempting to quantify an animal’s smarts by calculating the number of neurons in their cerebral cortex. The results don’t bode well for our feline friends.
  • Science
    If science fiction stories are to be believed, clones are never perfect copies of the original and things quickly get weird and messy when you start to clone a clone. In a new study, a team has made several clones of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, and so far the results are pretty positive.
  • We've seen remote-controlled cubes, balls and other gadgets that let people "telesocialize" with their pets via the internet. The latest such device, the Anthouse, takes the form of a little tank-like robot.
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most severe form of the debilitating genetic disorder. Researchers have used a new gene therapy technique to restore muscle strength and stabilize the symptoms of the disorder in dogs, in an important step towards the treatment being applied to children.
  • ​​Today's fitness junkies have all kinds of monitors to choose from, and who says dogs couldn't do with a little activity tracking themselves? Bringy is a connected ball with a sensor inside to track things like speed and distance, so you can make sure they're on a path to good health.​