How are we protecting endangered cetaceans around the world?

The idea of conservation has grown in popularity since “save the whales” kicked off in the 1960s and 70s. Over the past 50 years, interest in environmentalist and conservation spaces has exploded along with the youth interest in climate change activism. This post will talk about the history of whale conservation and break down three policies used to protect endangered cetaceans domestically and abroad. A brief history of conservation Let’s briefly discuss the movement that…

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The secret sauce of lab-grown meats

Cells growing in large petri dish in medium containing FBS, from the author’s lab Canada is among the 10 largest meat consumers per capita in the world, totalling approximately 155 lbs of meat per person per year. Globally, the environmental burden of current livestock farming practices is untenable: Livestock is a major cause of greenhouse gases, a chief consumer and polluter of water at every step in the meat-production chain, and responsible for the destruction…

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Limited Edition Design and Tees on Sale

 Get 15% off Companion Animal Psychology, and don't miss these festive tees.All I want for the holidays is... joy, love, peace, dogs and more dogs. Or, joy, love, peace, cats and more cats.This festive design is available for a limited time only.Plus, the Companion Animal Psychology Black Friday sale starts today! You can get 15% off all Companion Animal Psychology merch (including the festive tees) with promo code SUPER15 valid until midnight PT on 30 Nov.The…

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Whale Scientists Story: Leanne Rosser

Leanne Rosser is a 30-year-old British marine mammalogist currently studying the behavior of Pacific white-sided dolphins in Japan. Here is her story. From music to English literature I had a slightly longer journey than most. Throughout the majority of high school, I wanted to become a classical pianist. Music was my first love before dolphins came on the scene. I was determined to get into a music conservatoire, so I took a gap year and…

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3 steps to a better work-life balance

In first grade, I remember the look of shock when I told my friends that my mom was a teacher. They couldn’t imagine teachers ever leaving school. They thought teachers just lived in the classroom, and their sole purpose in life was to teach.  Similarly, I think people (both scientists and non-scientists) often believe that their science defines scientists.  I see several issues with this framework: 1) people generally have other interests than their scientific research.…

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La synapse chimique : une idée qui a pris du temps à s’imposer

Le physicien Étienne Klein dit souvent que ce qui importe encore plus que ce que l’on sait, c’est de comprendre comment on a su ce que l’on sait ! Il rappelle ainsi l’importance de faire de l’histoire des sciences pour montrer à quel point nos connaissances actuelles se sont souvent constituées à la suite de nombreuses expériences dans le débat et la controverse. Il en est ainsi de la synapse et des neurotransmetteurs, deux mots…

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The Writer’s Pet: Nicole Blades and Have You Met Nora?

Nicole Blades on her most recent novel, Have You Met Nora?, and her adorable dog Murphy.Murphy, photographed by Nicole Blades.No. 7 in the series The Writer's Pet by Zazie Todd PhD.This page contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.About to marry into one of New York’s richest families, Nora seems to have the perfect life. But she has a big secret–for years, she’s been…

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Science communication tips for scientists from the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Amy Greer. Photo credit: University of Guelph Science communication involves educating and informing the public about scientific research and facts in a way that resonates with them. With growing public interest in promising cell and gene therapies, those working in the field can expect that mastering science communication will become increasingly important. In the talk called “Science Communication During Crisis,” Amy Greer shared examples of science communication related to the COVID-19 virus and public…

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Macédoine de neurones en développement

Un peu comme pour l’hominisation il y a deux semaines, je revisite ces jours-ci un autre sujet dans le cadre d’un projet d’écriture visant entre autres à mettre en valeur ces billets de blogue. Il s’agit cette fois du développement neuronal, c’est-à-dire la chorégraphie complexe permettant à nos neurones de proliférer et de se différencier au bon endroit dans notre cerveau durant les premiers mois de notre vie. Je vous livre donc cette semaine une…

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Companion Animal Psychology News November 2020

Ancient dogs and humans, orphaned kitties, and lessons from culturing microbes... this month's CAP news.By Zazie Todd, PhDThis page contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.My favourites this month“Why does my dog… [insert naughty behavior here]? Trainers get asked this question all the time.” Naughtiness in dogs: why they do it and why we love it by Maria Karunungan over at The Academy for…

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