Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously. It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.
Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs. The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.
Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can delay or prevent cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, in your dogs and cats, but what if telltale signs are already showing up?