A unique approach to pest control: Mechanical monsters

Is this the latest in pest control?

A farmer in a rural town in Kyushu, one of the main islands of Japan, has resorted to his own special way to drive pests away from his fields: a robotic “monster wolf” that literally scares them away.

The machine, smaller than a real wolf, has long gray […]

Double-dog domestication: How many times did dogs become man’s best friend?

Some 14,700 years ago, a loyal dog was buried alongside its human companions near what is today Bonn, Germany. That dog is the oldest undisputed domesticated dog on record, though many scientists purport that dogs were first domesticated far earlier, between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

It’s actually hard to say for sure where and […]

Genomic study provides new clues to early canine history

Although they may share a common ancestor, dogs and wolves are not as closely related as previously thought.

New research from the University of Chicago suggests that domestic dogs are more closely related to each other, despite geographic location, than to wolves. The findings also point to a common ancestor for dogs and wolves somewhere […]