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Don’t Trust the Headlines

Too often, it is difficult to know what is reliable information and what’s junk. If you read this blog with any regularity then you know I strongly emphasize the importance of going to the primary source because there is a lot of bad, bad, bad stuff out there. While it’s easy to dismiss a one-off…

Curiosity killed the cat
Image by NASA

Curiosity Enhances Learning and is Intrinsically Rewarding

. The study reports curiosity not only makes one a better learner of the target subject but also improves recall of incidental information. With animals the word ‘curiosity’ tends to be avoided in scientific literature, instead we find terms like ‘neophilia’, ‘exploratory’ and ‘novelty-seeking behavior’; probably to avoid charges of anthropomorphism. Despite literature’s reluctance to describe…

Basset in bronze (ca 1841) by Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875)

Long and Short of Bad Backs

“Low to ground, long in body and short of leg” – AKC Dachshund breed standard Few studies are quickly explained with 3 graphs, this is one of them. It also neatly illustrates one problem associated with arbitrary exaggeration of certain traits. Interested in determining how relative back length is related to Intervertebral disc extrusion risk…