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Ever wondered how smart your dog is? Canine IQ test developed by academics

Scientists hope measuring dog intelligence will aid in the study of humans Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment/PA

A London university has developed an IQ test for dogs that could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the links between intelligence and health.

The London School of Economics, along with Edinburgh University, has discovered that dog intelligence functions in a similar way to human intelligence.

Recent studies have shown smarter people tend to live longer.

If scientists can prove this is the same in dogs then they can use them to study long-term health problems such as dementia.

Dr Rosalind Arden, a research associate at the LSE said: "We asked the question, if a dog is good at one test does it tend to be better than average at the other test? And we found that yes that's true.

This is the first step in trying to develop a really snappy, reliable dog IQ test, and that has got implications that aren't obvious at first."

Sixty eight border collies were given a series of cognitive tasks, including finding their way to food behind a barrier and learning to choose a bigger portion of food.

Science Museum aims to recreate CERN lab

The Nobel winning scientist who discovered the existence of the 'godparticle' will open a new exhibition at the Science Museum today.

Professor Peter Higgs will tour the new one million pound"Collider" exhibition - the most ambitious exhibition at the museum to date.

The exhibition will be devoted to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant atom smashing machine based at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, which confirmed the particle's existence last year.

The Museum hopes to recreate what life is like at the particlephysics laboratory near Geneva.

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Invent a solution to the British summertime

Mark Champkins is looking for creative young people to improve the British summer Credit: Martin Stew/ITV London

Tired of sandy sandwiches, pesky wasps and washout school holidays? The Science Museum wants children’s help to come up with inventive solutions to some of British summer’s greatest frustrations.

It’s launched a competition for 8-16 year olds to invent new and creative products that will help us deal with whatever the summer throws at us.

Can you solve a problem we face during the summer? Credit: Martin Stew/ITV London

Science Museum inventor in residence Mark Champkins says:

“Your invention should try to solve a problem we face during the summertimein Britain. Could a picnic hamper with a pop up umbrella to shield you from anunexpected rain shower help? Or a sunshade to stop your ice-cream melting inthe sun?

To get started, think about the places you visit when you’re holidaying in Britain and the problems you may face:

  • at the seaside

  • in the countryside

  • on a long car journey

  • in a caravan

  • at home in the garden

  • camping in a tent”

The winner will receive a 3D printer worth £2,000 and see their design created for a new exhibition. Entries have to be in by midnight on Sunday 25th August.

To apply click here