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Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?

Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Swimming in synchrony is a fundamental social behaviour for dolphins and is thought to reinforce their bonds. Parc Astérix

Synchronised swimming makes dolphins more optimistic

A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.
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Stressed by election results? Try neuroscience

This election season has brought more anger and name-calling than any in recent history, and it has affected many of us. Here are some ways you can ward off some of the stress associated with it.
Attempts to explain opera’s affective power have a long history. Photo: Keith Saunders. (L-R) Voyage to the Moon's Phoebe Briggs, Jeremy Kleeman, Emma Matthews, Sally-Anne Russell.

Voyage to the moon, opera and the voyage of human emotion

It seems obvious to say that opera "moves" people. But the question of "how" it moves people is far less straightforward. Cue a new research project pegged to Voyage to the Moon.
Researchers are divided about the nature of love, and whether it is universal or changeable. Shutterstock

What is this thing called love?

Researchers have tried for many years to understand the nature of romantic love. But it remains a mystery.

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