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

Dogs Point The Way The World Is Moving

America still retains the title as the largest (both in per capita and absolute terms) dog owner country in the world. But there are changes afoot: the rising giants – India, Brazil, Philippines are catching up: “India is the world’s

Dogs Point The Way The World Is Moving

America still retains the title as the largest (both in per capita and absolute terms) dog owner country in the world. But there are changes afoot: the rising giants – India, Brazil, Philippines are catching up: “India is the world’s

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

Will The Zoo Put An End To This Beautiful Friendship?

In a zoo in Israel an amazing bond has developed – a baboon has taken over the care of a young kitten which has strayed into his cage. Now that Zoo management is threatening to break up the pair and

Will The Zoo Put An End To This Beautiful Friendship?

In a zoo in Israel an amazing bond has developed – a baboon has taken over the care of a young kitten which has strayed into his cage. Now that Zoo management is threatening to break up the pair and

Kristen Stewart Teaches How NOT To Adopt A Dog

Imagine yourself a world movie celebrity in a ton of trouble. How do you get those pesky paparazzi off your back and simultaneously prove yourself a loving, responsible person? Simple – adopt a dog! This is what Kristen Stewart has figured must be the ticket out

Kristen Stewart Teaches How NOT To Adopt A Dog

Imagine yourself a world movie celebrity in a ton of trouble. How do you get those pesky paparazzi off your back and simultaneously prove yourself a loving, responsible person? Simple – adopt a dog! This is what Kristen Stewart has figured must be the ticket out

Pittsburgh Zoo Deflects Responsibility For Toddler’s Death

After a tragic death of a toddler mauled by African wild dog at the Pittsburgh Zoo, you would think that the Zoo management would offer an apology and work to correct the fault that led to such tragedy. You would be

Pittsburgh Zoo Deflects Responsibility For Toddler’s Death

After a tragic death of a toddler mauled by African wild dog at the Pittsburgh Zoo, you would think that the Zoo management would offer an apology and work to correct the fault that led to such tragedy. You would be

Think Dogs On Marihuana Are Funny? It’s Doing The Same To You!

Since medical marihuana became legalized, the the incidence of marihuana poisoning in dogs has increased four times. The ‘stoned dogs’ YouTube videos are a comedy hit. The sad fact is, many of the poisoned dogs die. But here is the

Think Dogs On Marihuana Are Funny? It’s Doing The Same To You!

Since medical marihuana became legalized, the the incidence of marihuana poisoning in dogs has increased four times. The ‘stoned dogs’ YouTube videos are a comedy hit. The sad fact is, many of the poisoned dogs die. But here is the

A Brave Pig Teaches Loyalty

As the arrogant humans that we are, we take it for granted that other species (mostly dogs) should risk their lives to save ours. But this pig teaches a different lesson – that in the animal world you are as

A Brave Pig Teaches Loyalty

As the arrogant humans that we are, we take it for granted that other species (mostly dogs) should risk their lives to save ours. But this pig teaches a different lesson – that in the animal world you are as

Do Kids Need A Classroom Pet (The Four-Legged Variety)?

It is a tragic reality that many (most?) children sitting in the classrooms today have not had an opportunity to enjoy and look after a household pet. This is sad because owning a pet brings many benefits to a child

Do Kids Need A Classroom Pet (The Four-Legged Variety)?

It is a tragic reality that many (most?) children sitting in the classrooms today have not had an opportunity to enjoy and look after a household pet. This is sad because owning a pet brings many benefits to a child

One Journalist’s Journey Into Delusion

I have never heard of Jake Wallis Simmons. According to the tagline appended to ‘The Telegraph’ article Mr Simmons has written, he is a published author. Still whatever books he has published, maybe he should stick to book writing and

One Journalist’s Journey Into Delusion

I have never heard of Jake Wallis Simmons. According to the tagline appended to ‘The Telegraph’ article Mr Simmons has written, he is a published author. Still whatever books he has published, maybe he should stick to book writing and

‘Dog With A Blog’ – Cute, But Not As Good As Therapy

How do you discuss divorce, sibling rivalry and blended family? If you are a Disney Channel executive, you call in the dogs. Disney’s new family-friendly TV offering is ‘Dog With A Blog’ – a story about a talking dog bringing

‘Dog With A Blog’ – Cute, But Not As Good As Therapy

How do you discuss divorce, sibling rivalry and blended family? If you are a Disney Channel executive, you call in the dogs. Disney’s new family-friendly TV offering is ‘Dog With A Blog’ – a story about a talking dog bringing