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Hard Science is Going to the Dogs

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Dogs are great at learning things. They love to be taught how to fetch, roll over, and heel, for instance.

You can also teach them physics. Physicist Chad Orzel has proven this with his two books “How to Teach Physics to your Dog” and the more specialized, “How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog“.

Here, his dog Emmy is looking for “The Bacon Boson”.

But, what if we turned the table and trained dogs how to teach humans a subject like chemistry? That would be awesome!

Well, it has been done. Watch as Paige and Dexter, the well-trained dogs of chemist Lauren Curtis, teach us about chemical bonding.

This tutorial is very clear and relatable, just a science teaching should be. The only thing missing is my treat for sitting like a good human during the video.

Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. Charles Hollahan 7:09 pm 11/15/2012

    Don’t try this with Cattle Dogs since it will end up being a test of wills and the bonds end up being free radicals.

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  2. 2. CliffClark 12:53 pm 11/17/2012

    This woule be more fun if you used an actual cat as the cation and then watched them try to form an ionic bond. Plasma?(Sorry, I know the subject is serious but just couldn’t resist!)

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