Conservation Canines: Update #2

Update #2 from science documentary filmmakers Jade Hoffman and Noah Baker, who are filming dogs that track whales in the Pacific Northwest. Looks like they’re having pretty good weather out there, which must be good for filming. We held back from posting this until the rain stopped, in case you spat coffee at your screen […]

Conservation Canines: Update #1

Last week Noah Baker and Jade Hoffman, documentary filmmakers from Imperial College London, left for the Pacific Northwest in the US to start making a film about dogs that track whales. The Conservation Canines project, run out of the University of Washington, Seattle, uses highly-trained sniffer dogs – similar to those used by customs officials […]

Run Lassie – no not over there! Damn you Lassie!

Scientists can be utter bastards some of the time. Not content with letting us unwashed masses revel in our ignorance, they systematically poke and prod the world around us, looking for answers to questions best left unanswered. The latest casualty of this scientific tirade – my childhood. Specifically, the destruction of my faith in man’s […]

Sergeant Major Lassie

Some people say a dog is a man’s best friend. ‘Some people’ doesn’t include Osama Bin Laden. Soon after the US Navy Seals raid on Bin Laden’s hide out, it was revealed a militarily-trained canine was responsible for sniffing out the world’s most-wanted terrorist. Although it’s unlikely the dog was just given tuft of Bin […]