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Dogs May Be Able To Count How Many Treats You Give Them

Dogs May Be Able To Count How Many Treats You Give Them
Apr 28 2024 Share

A study featured in Science Magazine indicates that dogs possess an innate ability to process numbers akin to humans, beyond their roles as companions.

Emory University’s research, published in Biology Letters, shows that while dogs may not count precisely like humans, they demonstrate an understanding of quantity.

The study delves into the “approximate number system,” demonstrating that dogs can discern variations in food portions and react to additional treats, indicating a grasp of quantities.

Unlike previous studies using trained animals, this research by Gregory Berns and colleagues suggests a shared brain function related to numbers across various animal species.

The study involved 11 diverse dog breeds undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging while focusing on changing arrays of grey dots.

This allowed researchers to monitor activity in the parietotemporal cortex, analogous to the human parietal cortex responsible for processing numerical changes.

Eight out of the 11 dogs exhibited behaviour similar to the human brain when tested, showing sensitivity to numerical changes. However, three dogs did not pass the scanning test, attributed to individual breed differences.

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Melita FC Celebrate Challenge League 2023/24 Victory

Melita FC Celebrate Challenge League 2023/24 Victory
Apr 28 2024 Share

Melita FC took to the Spinola sea-side to celebrate their BOV Challenge League 2023/24 victory and promotion to Premier League.

Melita FC were officially crowned the BOV Challenge League 2023/24 Champions following an exciting match and victory against Pieta which ended in a 5-1 score on Saturday 27th April.

 

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The team ensured their victory after they climbed to the top of the league after beating Marsa 1-0 last weekend.

Melita FC were also crowned the Youth League Section B champions – securing their victory over Gżira United and returning to Section A with one match left to play.

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Żaren Tal-Ajkla To Officially Contest EP Elections

Żaren Tal-Ajkla To Officially Contest EP Elections
Apr 28 2024 Share

The Electoral Commission has officially received the nomination for Nazareno Bonniċi, known locally and more popularly as Żaren tal-Ajkla.

Nazareno will be contesting as an Independent Candidate alongside others such as Arnold Cassola, Adrian Żammit, James Ryder, Radu Gheorghe, Simon Mercieca and Alexander D’agata.

Żaren has been inputting his name for election in both local general elections and for the European Parliament elections for most of the recent elections.

He’s also become popular for his proposals, which have included granting €4,000 for any woman who wishes to get breast implants.

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64 New Members Join Malta’s Civil Protection Force

Apr 27 2024 Share

Malta’s Civil Protection Department recently celebrated the addition of 64 new members to its ranks, bringing the total force to nearly 300 officials.

These recruits completed an intensive 20-week training course and were officially sworn in at a ceremony at the Civil Protection station in Ħal Far. The event featured a passing out parade, marking the culmination of their rigorous preparation.

Minister for Home Affairs, Security and Employment, Byron Camilleri, highlighted the importance of the new recruits in a department that has seen significant government investment in resources for rescue and civil protection operations. He commended the recruits on their exceptional performance during their training, noting their achievements not only locally but also in international missions.

Minister Camilleri emphasised the global recognition and appreciation the recruits received during operations abroad, including in countries like Turkey, Greece, and Libya.

He stated, “We have invested in your training as well, so much so that every single opportunity you had to prove yourselves, you passed with flying colours, in Malta and even in operations overseas when you went to help those in need in Turkey, Greece, Libya – you were complemented and appreciated by everyone.”

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