A farmer embraces his dog in his stonewalled field on Inishmore…



A farmer embraces his dog in his stonewalled field on Inishmore Island in Ireland, March 1971.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic Creative

California quaking, swearing off showers for science, overselling the microbiome, MERS update, tropical diseases, cats vs. dogs

Uplift and quaking

When will the next big earthquake hit California, something approximating the one south of the San Andreas fault in 1857 (7.9) or San Francisco in 1906 (7.8)? The forecasts say sometime in the next few decades. Michael …

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A woman walks a dachshund across pavement with undulating wave…



A woman walks a dachshund across pavement with undulating wave patterns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 1955.Photograph by Charles Allmon, National Geographic

An itinerant cowpuncher travels with his wife and dog in Alpine,…



An itinerant cowpuncher travels with his wife and dog in Alpine, Texas.

We want to hear your dog stories - how Devoted is your dog? Tell us on National Geographic Your Shot. Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A dog rests on a couch in a store in Texas, 1992.Photograph by…



A dog rests on a couch in a store in Texas, 1992.Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic

An old dog walks on a treadmill as part of an animal health…



An old dog walks on a treadmill as part of an animal health study at Cornell University, November 1956.
Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

The kitten microbiome – new related paper and Mendeley collection

Saw this new paper today: Dietary format alters fecal bacterial populations in the domestic cat (Felis catus) - Bermingham - 2013 - MicrobiologyOpen - Wiley Online Library

And was reminded on the Kitten Microbiome project. It was conceived as a (sort of) joke but studying the microbes in our domestic companion animals is a good thing and could be very interesting in many ways.

So I created a Mendeley group on cat / kitten microbiome studies:




Oh, and while I was at it I created a group for the Dog Microbiome.



Not sure these should really be completely separate (i.e., there could be a collection on the domestic animal microbiome) but am keeping them separate for now.