September 26, 2014

9:30 AM | Cat and Dogs: seeking solutions with sniffing canines and science
Hi Mia and Julie,  First of all, I LOVE your blog! After meeting at SPARCS this past summer (summer for us in North America.. I take it summer is just beginning in Australia!), I’ve followed it closely.  You do amazing things for the promotion of  canine science. Serious love. A bit of background for the readers: I’m currently doing my PhD at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Simon […]

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9:28 AM | Etat Islamique : la passion de la terreur
"Aujourd'hui, la France va voir la Loi de Dieu appliquée sur Terre" C'est avec ces mots que le bourreau du mouvement de "l'Etat islamique" a mis à mort l'otage français Hervé Gourdel. Une vidéo très recherchée sur Internet dès le lendemain de l'exécution. La loi de Dieu sur Terre. De quelle loi parle-t-on? Nous sommes ici face à quelque chose de sérieux. Les fous de Dieu ne sont pas fous. Et c'est là ce qui est […]
1:40 AM | Evolving DNA before RNA
A Tiny Emissary From the Ancient Past SEPT. 25, 2014 by Carl Zimmer Excerpt 1) The evolutionary origins of viruses and viroids are totally different…” My comment: How could evolution origins be totally different for anything? Has neo-Darwinian theory changed...Read more

September 25, 2014

3:50 PM | Stop evolutionary theorists. Kill cancers
Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop, kill cancer cells, study finds Excerpt: “During an infection, bacteria release molecules which allow them to ‘talk’ to each other,” said the lead author of the study. “Depending on the type of...Read more
2:55 AM | Did our adapted mind evolve? (Revisited)
Did our adapted mind evolve? In my extended comments on this topic I concluded with “Experience-dependent changes in DNA methylation can exert profound effects on neuronal function and behaviour. A single learning event can induce a variety of DNA modifications...Read more

September 24, 2014

10:54 PM | Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Dragons and Damsels of Ireland
Long time no post, I know, but I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of different things recently and haven’t had time to even think, let alone post on my blog.  But I think things are calming down a bit and I’ll have more time to do the things I like. I’m eager to get […]
6:00 PM | Welcome Athena
I’ve noticed a weird thing. No matter how much you may earn your rent telling people what animal welfare is, being flown half way across the world to teach this to professionals, and being generally young and successful at this … Continue reading →

September 23, 2014

6:32 PM | Wolves from the past: living with sabertooths
Originally posted on chasing sabretooths:If I could travel back in time to the late Pleistocene of Rancho la Brea in California, I would sure try to set the controls of my time machine so as to coincide with one of the rare entrapment episodes, when the trashing of one large bison or horse trapped…
4:02 PM | Thanks for your support!!!
Our Equilibre – Ethology and Horsemanship Facebook page has just hit the +3000 mark. This page is an extension of our work and continuous search for further understanding in regards to horses and life itself. For those that didn’t know, we do have a modest website at, where you can find lots of articles […]
1:50 PM | New on Zoologic: Long-Lasting Effects for Chimps Raised by Humans
Chimpanzees raised by humans to be pets or performers suffer long-term social and behavioral deficiencies. Even when “rehabilitated” and living out their lives in zoos or sanctuaries, they seem to have difficulties relating to their own kind. Read the whole story in my latest Zoologic post: Chimpanzees Raised By Humans Have Social Difficulties With Other Chimps .
2:14 AM | De novo gene Creation sans evolution of genes via mutations
Where do genes come from? – Carl Zimmer The pseudoscientific nonsense touted in this video has been refuted by decades of experimental evidence. The experimental evidence links RNA-directed DNA methylation from nutrient-dependent amino acid substitutions to the de novo Creation...Read more

September 22, 2014

7:44 PM | Click and… Always Treat? Or Not?
Let me start by asking: Which does your dog like better, the anticipation of something good, or the good thing itself? Counter-intuitively, the research of Jaak Panksepp suggests it’s the anticipation of a reinforcement that is most enjoyable, not the reinforcement itself. Panksepp calls the emotion of anticipation the “seeking or wanting system,” versus the […]
5:58 PM | Did our adapted mind evolve?
What is currently know about neuroendocrine regulation clearly links ecological variation to ecological adaptations manifested in morphological and behavioral phenotypes via RNA-mediated events without the pseudoscientific nonsense of evolutionary theory. Evidence that biological facts about cause and effect make no...Read more
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