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Dogs Have Eyes Just for Us. Literally.

Haley Weiss The Atlantic
In a remarkably short period of time, dogs have evolved specialized eye muscles that allow them to display their emotions to their human friends

Lending a Helping Paw: Dogs Will Aid Their Crying Human

Julia Meyers-Manor and Emily Sanford The Conversation
People have long believed that their dogs will come to their aid when they're in distress. Dog researchers put that belief to the test, and this is what they found.

Friday Nite Videos -- December 2, 2016

Creedence Clearwater Revival | Fortunate Son (Lyrics). 638 Ways To Kill Castro. Do Not Resist (Documentary). Your Dog Understands More Than You Think. #Veteran Stand for #StandingRock.

Friday Nite Videos -- September 2, 2016

Your Dog Understands More Than You Think. The Good Old Days (featuring Donald Trump & the Greensboro 4). What Would It Take To Power The United States With Solar Energy? Georgetown Makes Amends for Profiting From Slavery. Standoff at Standing Rock.

Friday Nite Videos -- June 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders National Live Stream Address. 13-Year-Old Stand-Up Owns Donald Trump. Double Domestication for Dogs? A Survivor's Poem: The Guilt of Being Alive. Gun Control and the Second Amendment.

Tidbits - August 27, 2015 - Straight Outta Compton; Bernie Sanders and Labor; China's Currency Devaluation; Leonard Peltier; Herman Benson; and more....

Reader Comments: Straight Outta Compton; Bernie Sanders and Labor; GOP Racism & Immigration; China's Currency Devaluation; Artic Oil Drilling; NLRB and Faster Union Elections; Amnesty and the Sex Trade; Announcements: Film: Warrior, the Life of Leonard Peltier - New York - September 12; 60 Years of Rebels and Reformers - New York - October 3

On World Dog Day, How Dogs Saved Humankind

Caren Cooper PLOS blogs
August 26 is World Dog Day, a good time to reflect on the very reasonable possibility that dogs enabled modern humans to outcompete Neanderthals, and also on the fact that dogs are smarter, more empathetic and more devious than you knew. These days, both ordinary dogs and their ordinary humans can participate in Citizen Science, advancing our understanding of this oldest human coevolution.
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