“An Oasis for Orcas” Science 6 May, 2016. Experts clash over whether captive killer whales should be moved to sanctuaries in the sea.
“Solving the Mysteries of Aging in Our Pets” Science, 4 December, 2015. Why do cats live longer than dogs? Why do small dogs live longer than big ones?
“How Hurricane Katrina Turned Pets into People” BuzzFeed, 31 July, 2015. One of the most devastating storms in U.S. history forever changed our relationship with cats and dogs.
“Are Cats Really Wild Animals?” Slate, 6 July, 2015. Experts debate whether cats should qualify as domesticated.
“Animal welfare accreditation called into question” Science, 29 August, 2014. Study finds more violations of animal welfare guidelines in AAALAC-accredited labs. [pdf]
“How Far Should We Go To Save Our Pets?” Slate, July 27, 2014. The rising cost of veterinary care is creating ethical dilemmas for both owners and vets.
“How The Rising Status Of Cats And Dogs Could Doom Biomedical Research” Popular Science, May 21, 2014. Scientists fear that rights for cats and dogs could spill over to mice and lab rats, compromising cures for human disease.
“The Secret Language of Dog Play” The Washington Post, May 20, 2014. In canine play, researchers see honesty and deceit, perhaps something like morality.
“Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Cats and Dogs” The Huffington Post, May 7, 2014. How many did *you* know?
“What are Cats Thinking?” Slate, April 21, 2014. Why it’s so hard to study the feline mind.
“A Brief History of Cats and Dogs” The Dodo, April 16, 2014. A timeline of significant events in dog and cat history.
“How Smart is That Doggy in the Window?” Time, April 12, 2014. Studying the canine mind can tell us a surprising amount about the evolution of our own intellect.
“Should Pets Have the Same Legal Rights as People?” Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2014. I explore the impact the rising legal status of cats and dogs is having on veterinarians and other small businesses.
“Lawsuits Seek ‘Personhood’ for Chimpanzees” Science, December 6, 2013. An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project is attempting to get judges to declare that chimpanzees are legal persons and free them from captivity. [pdf]
“Animals Among the Inmates” The Bark, Fall, 2013. A visit to the country’s only pet shelter located inside a prison.
“Are Dolphins Too Smart for Captivity?” Science, April 29, 2011. Two groups of scientists battle over the ethics of studying—and keeping—dolphins in zoos and aquariums. Honorable Mention, The Humane Society’s Genesis Awards. [pdf]
“Dog Dealers’ Days May Be Numbered.” Science, February 26, 2010. Various groups are trying to shut down the pipeline of “random source” dogs and cats for biomedical research. Honorable Mention, The Humane Society’s Genesis Awards. [pdf]
“A Cure for Euthanasia?” Science, September 18, 2009. A permanent birth control vaccine could reduce the global population of homeless dogs and cats, but there hasn’t been money to develop one—until now. Winner, National Press Club’s Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award; Honorable Mention, The Humane Society’s Genesis Awards. [pdf]
“The Mushroom Cloud’s Silver Lining.” Science, September 12, 2008. Fallout from atomic bomb testing is helping to solve crimes and address some of the most controversial questions in biology. Featured Story, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009; Finalist, The Wistar Institute’s Science Journalism Award. [pdf]
“Staggering Toward a Global Strategy on Alcohol Abuse.” Science, May 16, 2008. The World Health Organization considers giving alcohol abuse the same type of attention usually reserved for AIDS and malaria. [pdf]
“Cell Biology Meets Rolfing.” Science, November 23, 2007. A diverse group of researchers wants to create a new discipline from scratch by bringing together experts in fascia and deep-tissue massage. [pdf]
“This Man Wants to Green Your Lab.” Science, October 5, 2007. Allen Doyle and his team spread the gospel of sustainability from lab to lab, but it’s no easy task in the competitive world of research. [pdf]
“’Security Breach’ Leaks NIH Grant Applications Onto Web.” Science, October 28, 2005. One hundred and forty grant applications submitted to at least one NIH study section were recently released onto non-secure Web pages; NIH has been mum about the leaks. [pdf]
“Global Spread of Leprosy Tied to Human Migration.” Science, May 13, 2005. Microbiologists use rare DNA differences among leprosy strains culled from various corners of the world to infer an East African or Near East origin of the disease. [pdf]
“The Burning Tobacco Question.” Financial Times, January 6, 2005. Scientists developing reduced-harm tobacco products increasingly rely on tobacco industry funding, but some universities and grant organizations want to forbid it.
“Ills from the Womb.” U.S. News & World Report. September 15, 2003. Diseases blamed on lifestyle may start before birth.
“The New Street Smarts.” U.S. News & World Report, August 18, 2003. Intelligent technologies for cars and roads aim to curb driver error.
“Baby Pigment Peril.” U.S. News & World Report, August 4, 2003. Will a new drug help a serious complication or just make things worse?