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Is Bonfire Night more trouble than its worth?

Bonfire Night has been a major event ever since Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament.  However, there has been a shift away from the nice celebrations, with small sparklers and fireworks to a night that causes chaos and issues across the UK. This year’s firework celebrations saw major disruptions within Edinburgh. Specialist officers had […]

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A level-pawing: placing our pets on the same level as family

Sat at my desk, obsessively refreshing news updates and anxiously waiting for emails, I’m suddenly provided with a welcome moment of solace by the nonchalant plodding of ginger paws across my keyboard and a demand for my affection as my cat Monty takes his time to nest himself on my lap, blissfully oblivious to the […]

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Dog ownership decreases mortality following a heart attack

Canine lovers will be pleased, though probably not surprised, to hear about the results of two recent studies reporting the apparent health benefits of dog ownership. A Swedish study looked at data from over 330,000 people who had either a heart attack or a stroke between 2001 and 2012. They found that, for people who […]

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How are animal-human bonds formed?

A recent, adorable video showed a young woman successfully befriending an octopus. She named him Egbert and would regularly stop by for a visit. The octopus recognised her and was more than happy to stay in touch with the woman, both literally and metaphorically. The unusual friendship inevitably raised questions on how human-animal bonds form, […]

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The benefits of fur-weather friends in childhood development

A recent analysis suggests that owning a pet in childhood aids in a child’s development. Relationships with others are a key contributor to childhood development, and researchers wanted to find out whether this influence was limited to humans, or whether pets also had a role to play. Studies have shown that children who are not […]