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CIHR does an about-face on the value of face-to-face peer review


By Michelle Lavery and Betty Zou, General Science Editors After a peer rebellion among Canadian health researchers, the Canadian Institutes […]

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Active Vacation Idea: Climbing Africa’s Highest Mountain (pt 2/2)

In a previous post I described the days leading up to our summit up Mt Kilimanjaro. Below is a description of the rather tough summit night. Like a procession of overdressed zombies holding walking poles, we’ve been staggering uphill on this loose volcanic rock since midnight. My watch reads 4:14am. Although our pace rivals that of a snail, my chest heaves laboriously as my lungs struggle to extract oxygen from the stingy air. The five layers of clothing are strangling me like a Gore-Tex, down-filled anaconda. I can no longer feel my toes. A full moon hangs overhead, but does little to illuminate the barren landscape before us. The headlamp I’ve been carrying for days has finally become more than just a fashion accessory, helping me to avoid lurching off a cliff. Our Tanzanian guides – James, Julius, Alpha, and Cerafin – sing in hushed Swahili harmony as we plod…

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The Monomyth: A Cat’s Journey

Calling all writer friends! Have you read Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey yet? If not, you should get on that. Mythic structure is a good starting point for novels, especially fantasies, but both authors make the point that myth isn’t just about stories – it’s a guideline for life. Which got me thinking about mythic structure in my own life. Which naturally got me thinking about my cats. A cat’s eye view of the universal journey: It’s an ordinary day in an ordinary world. The sun is shining and the napping is superb. In a few hours, […] The post The Monomyth: A Cat’s Journey appeared first on L. E. Carmichael.

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Save Mongolia’s Dinosaurs!

Hello blog friends! Today I’d like to highlight an important funding campaign that needs your help: Save Mongolia’s Dinosaurs! This campaign is organized by Bolortsetseg Minjin and Thea Boodhoo through the Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs; you may have encountered Bolor’s name during the episode involving the Tarbosaurus auction in New York a […]

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First carbon nanotube mirrors for Cubesat telescope

A July 12, 2016 news item on describes a project that could lead to the first carbon nanotube mirrors to be used in a Cubesat telescope in space, A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations could become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes in an epoxy resin. Led by Theodor Kostiuk, a scientist at NASA’s [US National Aeronautics and Space Administration] Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the technology-development effort is aimed at giving the scientific community a compact, reproducible, and relatively inexpensive telescope that would fit easily inside a CubeSat. Individual CubeSats measure four inches on a side. John Kolasinski (left), Ted Kostiuk (center), and Tilak Hewagama (right) hold mirrors made of carbon nanotubes in an epoxy resin. The mirror is being tested for potential use in a lightweight telescope specifically for…

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