Shock collars, Regulation, and Education on the Alternatives

Shock collars should be banned, according to a survey of the use of electronic collars to train dogs in France.Photo: SebiTian/ShutterstockRecently, I reported on a study by veterinary behaviourists in Europe that concluded by calling for a ban on all three types of electronic collar across Europe (remote-controlled, boundary, and bark-activated collars). Another paper by Dr. Sylvia Masson et al, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, investigates the use of shock collars in France, and…

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Mieux apprendre en tenant compte du fonctionnement du cerveau

En ce début d’année scolaire, deux entrevues publiées mardi dernier ont attiré mon attention. Les deux soulèvent des points importants sur les méthodes d’apprentissage. Je voudrais donc en faire ressortir quelques éléments en ajoutant comme toujours des hyperliens pointant vers des sujets déjà traités ici. La première personne interviewée dans le magazine L’Express est le neuroscientifique Stanislas Dehaene qui vient de publier un nouveau livre intitulé Apprendre ! Les talents du cerveau, le défi des…

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Une nouvelle publication gratuite sur les usages de l’Internet et des applications mobiles et leur impact sur la relation soignant-soigné

Le colloque «Usages de l’Internet et des applications mobiles et transformations de la relation soignant-soigné», organisé conjointement par le Centre de recherche sur la communication et la santé (ComSanté), le regroupement stratégique Internet-santé du Réseau FRSQ de recherche en santé des populations du Québec et l’Équipe de recherche en soins de première ligne du Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de Laval,

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Epidemiology: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

"There are only a handful of ways to do a study properly, but one thousand ways to do it wrong." We often talk on the podcast about the difference between good and bad studies, about studies that prove causation versus the ones that just show an association. The field of nutrition research is particularly problematic these days and even John Ioannidis is sounding the alarm. I recently wrote an article for Medscape about what readers…

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Jonathan Has a Website

Just a quick word to let you know that I, Jonathan, now have a website that aggregates everything I do on the science communication side of things. Every article I write, every podcast I'm a part of, every video I release, every talk I give, and every media appearance I make: it's all there. It's jonathanjarry.com. Bookmark it. Subscribe to it. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

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Raman spectroscopy for monitoring therapeutic cell manufacturing – Part 1

In this month’s installment of the “Bioprocess and Bioanalytics” blog, we will hear from Drs. Robin Turner and James Piret on how an established spectroscopy method – Raman spectroscopy – can be utilized to tell us new information about cell therapy products. Both are Professors in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Robin Turner has a cross appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. James Piret…

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Can an "Ease of Care" Labeling Scheme Help Exotic Pets?

Could a standardized grading scheme that rates pets from “easy” to “extreme” improve the welfare of exotic pets?A leopard gecko. Photo: Gaschwald / ShutterstockExotic pets face many welfare issues, according to a new paper in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior by Clifford Warwick et al. The paper suggests a standardized scheme for rating the difficulty of caring for exotic pets that it is hoped will make people think twice about keeping pets with hard-to-meet environmental needs.What…

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Cortical Gradients (bis)

As promised in my last post, I’m going to talk a bit more today about an article entitled “Large-Scale Gradients in Human Cortical Organization” that appeared in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TiCS) in January 2018, In that last post, I described how the gradient from the more unimodal parts of the cortex (the primary sensory areas) to the more multimodal parts (the more associative ones) provides insight into the organization of large functional…

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