Good news about tigers

3 08 2020

… because we all need good news right now (especially after the final bushfire toll came in this week:

Screenshot 2020-08-02 20.37.10

Never mind green odours, it’s blue space you need

23 07 2020

Nice coverage from the BBC of the mental health benefits of, not just being in nature, but of being by water:

(Posted from the Lake of Bays!)

Farewell to the last mouse of our 2017 cohort

18 07 2020

The feisty but aged Coconut, adopted by Basma a while ago, finally was euthanized this week, at the age of about 3 years 3 months. Enriched all her life, she was the longest surviving mouse of our 2017 cohort. Here she is fearless in the face of Basma’s cat (not usually let in with her so wild with excitement):

And talking of cool if disturbing papers…

18 07 2020

… a lazy way to age well may be to get blood transfusions from the fit!

Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 10.01.28 AM



People sometimes ask, ‘why mice?’

15 07 2020

And the answer is ‘just look at them!’ (Here two DBAs, a BALB/s and a C57Bl/6)


Cats. They are the best.

10 07 2020

(And I have a private fear this is how my accent sounds to Canadians).


…and are other animal studies problematic too?

29 06 2020

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 7.26.14 AM

Is animal-based biomedical research just not really working?

29 06 2020

Great piece in Science this week…

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 7.22.38 AM


Tracking animals in the great “anthropause”

24 06 2020

A new article in Nature Ecology & Evolution discusses how human activity grinding to a halt can yield unprecedented (almost experimental) insights into how we affect other species.

Screen Shot 2020-06-23 at 10.19.30 PM

Top: locations of a subsample of active animal tracking (‘bio-logging’) studies superimposed on human population density.

Bottom: median percentage of change based on daily values  in visits to places like local parks, national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas and public gardens for the month of April 2020.

There was nice coverage of it by the BBC today, too, including some (always-delightful) pictures of Chernobyl today.

Screen Shot 2020-06-23 at 10.30.17 PM

Global low mood inferred from tweets

17 06 2020

Nature reports news that Twitter ‘affect analysts’ report a recent global drop in mood. Yes, I can relate to that: