This week two animal topics have dominated my personal social media channels: the rejection by MPs of the amendment – New Clause 30 – to the EU Withdrawal Bill recognising animal sentience, and the octopus evading capture by a pyjama shark by suffocating it and then hiding in an ‘armour’ of shells on the BBC’s Blue Planet II. In effecting its escape the octopus appeared to be acting on more than instinct; thinking of a way out of its dangerous situation. But was it feeling anything?
How many of you have colleagues – vets or nurses – who own or even breed brachycephalic dogs? This was a question asked by Brenda Bonnett, CEO of International Partnership for Dogs, to an audience at the joint World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) congress last week. She was speaking in a panel discussion on the vet’s role in tackling the problem of brachycephalic dogs.
Those that follow the ins and outs of scientific publishing will be aware that there are periodic cries of ‘is peer review broken?’Criticisms include that, by its very nature, it is biased, and that it maintains the status quo, making it difficult for those with unorthodox views or new researchers to get published. Another criticism is that the process takes too long and slows publication – and therefore the advancement – of science down.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".