Wag Wins an Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America

I am thrilled and honoured that Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy has won the Dog Writer's Association of America award for book - behavior, health, or general care.Because of the pandemic, the ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook. I am so happy that Wag has won this award.Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!ZazieIf  you want a copy of Wag, you'll find it in my Amazon store (#ad) and in all good…

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It’s better with friends: Building a life sciences ecosystem in Canada that’s a Notch above the rest

December 2018. A meeting of Notch’s founding team at CCRM’s office in Toronto. Canada is a country that prides itself on “punching above its weight.” We use this metaphor all the time to describe how we succeed in given situations despite our limitations. Although it’s a cliché, it remains a point of pride for Canadians. For example, in the regenerative medicine field in Canada we excel at punching above our weight. Despite our small population,…

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Revisiting an optical illusion in terms of predictive processing

I recently came across a little experiment that I posted years ago on this website to show how the blind spot in each of your eyes works. The blind spot is a part of the retina where there are no photoreceptors, because it is where the axons of the retina’s ganglion cells converge and exit the eye, forming the optical nerve. As a result, there’s a corresponding area in your field of vision that doesn’t…

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The Top 6 Reasons You Should Be Brushing Your Dog’s (and Cat’s) Teeth

It’s worth learning to take care of your pet’s teeth, says veterinarian Dr. Rachel Szumel. Here are six reasons why.Photo: GerryP/ShutterstockGuest post by Dr. Rachel Szumel.The top six reasons tooth-brushing is important for your pet - and how you can teach your dog or cat to enjoy having their teeth brushed.This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.1. Their breath stinks! Dog breath has…

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This seal has the craziest teeth in the carnivore world

Meet the crabeater seal. This little guy comes from Antarctica and has the most specialized teeth in the carnivore world. Keep reading to know more about the crabeater seal. Teeth to eat crab? You might think that crabeater seals eat crab. Indeed, their Latin name is “Lobodon carcinophaga“, and carcinophaga literally means “crab-eating”. But here is the plot twist: crabeater seals do not eat crab. They feed on krill. How? By using their super-specialized teeth.…

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IVIg alternative for surgery patients with bleeding disorder

IVIg alternative for surgery patients with bleeding disorder Plasma Transfusion Blood Tuesday, February 09, 2021 Tricia Abe Patients with a bleeding disorder called immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) are at risk for blood loss if they need to have surgery. Because their blood doesn’t clot as it should, ITP patients are commonly treated before surgery with intravenous immune globulin (IVIg), which helps their blood clot by increasing the number of platelets. But a study published in The…

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Des pionniers de la recherche sur la neurogenèse et la vision

Ayant moins de temps cette année pour la rédaction de ces billets, je me contenterai cette semaine d’attirer l’attention sur deux chercheurs séniors qui sont toujours actifs et inspirants : Fred Gage et Deric Bownds. Le premier s’est prêté récemment au jeu d’une entrevue sur sa carrière scientifique. On y apprend comment Fred Gage est devenu un pionnier de la recherche sur la neurogenèse, c’est-à-dire le développement de nouveaux neurones dans le cerveau de mammifères…

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Animal Book Club February 21

“A fascinating look at animal intelligence, Pepperberg’s tale is also a love story between beings who sometimes ‘squabble like an old married couple’ but whose bond broke only with Alex’s death at 31 in ‘07. Irresistible.”--People.By Zazie Todd, PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.This month, the Animal Book Club is reading Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a…

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The walrus – February 2021

This month, we want to talk about a very large pinniped, the walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)! Learn about our tusk fighting, mollusk eating, flipper footed marine mammal of the month. We hope to highlight some facts and their climate-changing plight. Two walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) resting on ice. Foxe Basin, Nunavut, Canada – Credit Where in the world do they live? There are two subspecies of walrus. The first one occupies the north Atlantic waters, from northeastern…

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