Dogs really ARE smarter than cats

The debate over whether dogs or cats are the smartest pet has raged for decades, if not centuries.

But in a twist that is sure to ruffle the fur of cat-lovers, new research shows that dogs are more intelligent than their feline foes after all, according to Daily Mail.

Experts showed that dogs have more than twice as many brain cells in a region linked with thinking, planning and other complex behaviours.

The researchers, say the number of neurons in an animal's cerebral cortex is a hallmark of intelligence.

The cortex is the largest layer of the brain and is associated with a range of complex behavioural characteristics.

Your music tastes can be changed in just a few minutes

Scientists can change your music tastes by jolting your brain with magnets.

Researchers found they could increase or decrease people's enjoyment of music by stimulating the front of the brain with magnets for just a few minutes according to daily mail.

The technique even changed how much money each person was willing to spend on the track.

The magnets could one day help treat the symptoms of disorders that affect the brain's reward system, including depression, Parkinson's disease and addiction.

Researchers asked 17 people to listen to pieces of music.

Babies understand you more than you think

Babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very young age, a study found.

At just six months they recognise the meanings of some words are more similar than others, researchers found, according to Daily Mail.

For example young children were able to tell words like car and prams were more alike than words such as car and juice.

The researchers claim that parents should talk to their children as much as possible because they are always listening and learning from what you say.

Even a specially-designed computer program can't figure out the secret to happiness

In a new study, researchers have developed an AI computer that can detect emotion from speech 71 per cent of the time according to Daily mail.

While the computer was fairly good at detecting calm, disgust and neutral speech, it wasn't so good at detecting happiness, and often mistook this for fear and anger.

Scientists have trained a neural network to recognise eight different emotions – neutral, calm, happy, sad, angry, scared, disgusted and surprised.

Choosing the right friends is the key to happiness

The best way to boost your happiness is to be very picky about who you spend time with, according to a neuroscientist.

Professor Moran Cerf says we stop wasting our energy making small decisions such as what we want to do or wear, and instead focus on the only decision that counts.  

Choosing the right friends is important because it causes our brainwaves to resemble those of the people we spend most time with, according to Daily Mail.

This means you start becoming alike, and pick up their desirable behaviours and ways of seeing the world without being conscious of it.