Dogs Tail Wagging (Robotic and Otherwise): an Update

Back in 2010, Improbable reported ongoing investigations regarding tail-wagging in robotic dogs. We can now provide readers with an update, thanks to researcher Stephen Leaver, who has posted a video of Robodog in action via his research lab webpage. The accompanying paper : ‘Behavioural responses of Canis familiaris to different tail lengths of a remotely-controlled […]

Katz on dogs

Professor Katz [pictured here] specialises in problems with dogs (amongst other things). Specifically, for example, Ceroid-Lipofuscinosis in Tibetan Terriers. “Ceroid-lipofuscinosis (CLN) occurs in a number of animal species in addition to humans. Animals in which CLN has been reported include a number of dog breeds, including Tibetan Terriers, English Setters, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, and American Bulldogs. Dr. […]

Sherlock Holmes and toe loss in lizards

Fuelled with curiosity, some scientists exploit – lovingly, proudly – the investigative trick featured in Arthur Conan Doyle‘s 1892 story Silver Blaze. There, a baffled police inspector seeks help from the great autodicact/detective Sherlock Holmes: [Inspector Gregory:] “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” [Holmes:] “To the curious incident of the […]

George Macleod and book dilution

George Macleod (MRCVS, DVSM, Vet.FFHom, according to reports) wrote several books. A web site [from which we reproduce the apparently diluted photo you see here]  that sells those books says: George Macleod, a graduate of Glasgow University, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on homoeopathic treatment of animals. He is one of the few veterinary […]