Called To The Bar, Er, Bark
Hungarian scientists are working on a computer programme to enable people to understand dog barks. The software is said to work out the nuances of a dog's barks, howls, yaps and growls. After analysing 6,000 barks, it aims to determine when a dog has seen a ball, when it is fighting, playing, meeting a stranger or when it wants a walk. But the computer correctly recognised the emotional state of 43 per cent of dogs, just ahead of humans with 40 per cent.
FOOTNOTE: 101 Damnations.