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Who's a clever boy! Bigger dogs like Labradors and Great Danes are 'more intelligent' than handbag-sized hounds, research claims

Bigger dogs are more intelligent than smaller ones, according to new research.

Breeds such as Labradors and Great Danes have bigger brains than their pint-sized peers and this, researchers found, gives them improved 'cognitive function'.

This gives larger dogs increased self control and a high-performing short term memory, according to Daily Mail.

And it also means they obey the command 'stay' more than pint sized pooches.

Does YOUR dog refuse to sleep without their favorite toy or blanket? Study set to reveal if pet's emotional bonds are the same as human toddlers

A new study is set to examine whether dogs form an emotional attachment to toys in a similar way to young children with blankets and teddies.

Researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School and School of Psychological Science will examine the behaviors of a wide range of dogs for the work, according to Daily Mail.

It is thought that some breeds of dog may be more likely than others to form attachments with objects such as toys and bedding.

Professor Bruce Hood, of the University of Bristol's School of Psychological Science, said he was 'fascinated' by the subject.

'Mona Lisa Effect' is REAL

'Mona Lisa Effect' is REAL: Scientists find out why a painting's eyes 'follow you' (but say it DOESN'T happen with the DaVinci masterpiece 'because she's staring too far to the right')

Many art admirers claim the eyes of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa follow them as they move around the portrait and it has since been dubbed the 'Mona Lisa Effect'.

This mysterious phenomenon has now been confirmed as a legitimate illusion but scientists claim the Mona Lisa does not exhibit it ,according to Daily Mail. 

The discovery debunks the long-standing myth that Louvre visitors are followed around the room by the gaze of Mona Lisa.

The authors write in the study: 'Mona Lisa does not fulfil the premise of the Mona Lisa effect: She does not gaze at the viewer.'

As part of the study, the researchers found that Mona Lisa gazes to her left-hand side from about 35.5 cm inside pictorial space.

MozARM's first symphony! Scientists create a 3D-printed robotic hand that can play Jingle Bells on the piano

A 3D-printed robot hand that can play simple tunes on the piano, including jingle bells, has been built by scientists, according to Daily Mail. 

The robotic hand plays simple musical phrases on the piano by moving its wrist.

Scientists have said the robot is limited in what it can play but reveals how complex the mechanics of the human hand are and how difficult it is to replicate. 

The robot hand was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate all the bones and ligaments - but not the muscles or tendons - in a human hand.

Cambridge researchers working on the project say the robot has a limited movement compared to a human hand but were surprised by the wide range it was still capable of.  

Using the 'passive' movement - in which the fingers cannot move independently - the robot was able to mimic different styles of piano playing.  

Study first author Josie Hughes, conducting her PhD research in Cambridge's Department of Engineering, said: 'We can use passivity to achieve a wide range of movement in robots: walking, swimming or flying, for example.

'Smart mechanical design enables us to achieve the maximum range of movement with minimal control costs: we wanted to see just how much movement we could get with mechanics alone.' 

You SHOULD argue in front of your children, claim scientists who say kids can tell when parents are 'hiding something'

Parents with a stiff upper lip who refuse to talk openly about their emotions with their children could be damaging their offspring, scientists have discovered.    

Research has found that children have a better relationship with their parents if the adults show when they are aggravated, stressed or angry, according to Daily Mail.

The study dispels the belief of not arguing in front of the kids as youngsters are able to tell when their parents are hiding something and this can cause confusion.