Smelling skin cancer
We all knew dogs have an incredible sense of smell, but did you know they can smell cancer? Yes apparently. According to a story in the MIT sponsored Technology Review, skin cancers give off a particular smell Story here
I know dogs aren’t gadgets, but if they were, they would be the best gadgets ever. They have a fantastic user interface – fur! are way more responsive than the most sensitive touchscreen (can iPhones gurgle?) and adapt to individual users and users different moods over time. Incredible. Okay, so they poop.
Dogs are also involved in my favourite story of the week – about how dog fur and human hair are being used to prevent the Gulf of Mexico oil slick spreading. So apparently it soaks up oil really well. According to this story, dog salons are sending bags and bags of shorn fur off to the people who make these hair booms specifically for oil spills.
And apart from being loving companions and donating their chopped off fur to help us with our ecological disasters, dogs do lots of surprising stuff for humans. A quick trawl through the internetz turns up some wonders. I just thought I’d celebrate.