Category Archives: Society

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has