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Science Borealis Featured Blog: Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist


By Sri Ray-Chauduri and Kathi Unglert, Earth & Environmental Sciences Editors After our Science Borealis Reader Survey, we randomly selected […]

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Georgina Lohan, Bharti Kher, and Pablo Picasso: the beauty and the beastliness of art (in Vancouver)

Georgina Lohan Vancouver (Canada) artist Georgina Lohan’s latest show was a departure of sorts. Better known for her tableware and jewelry, her art exhibit showcased ceramic sculptures ranging in height from 16 inches to over seven feet and incorporating concepts from biology, species evolution, mythology, philosophy, sociology, and archaeology to convey imagery associated with the primordial world. Perhaps one of the most striking elements of Lohan’s work is its beauty. This is not a quality one often sees in contemporary art. If she were fish, Lohan could be seen as swimming against the tide. Origins II 62″ x 24″ Porcelain, steel 2016 Courtesy: Georgina Lohan Within a context that encompasses beauty and the primordial ooze, she is representing many of the disturbing themes seen in contemporary art: fragmentation, loss, destruction, and, indirectly, war. The artist deliberately exploits the structural fragility of her pieces (four of them had to be anchored…

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Protecting soldiers from biological and chemical agents with a ‘second skin’ made of carbon nanotubes

There are lots of ‘second skins’ which promise to protect against various chemical and biological agents, the big plus for this ‘skin’ from the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is breathability. From an Aug. 3, 2016 news item on Nanowerk (Note: A link has been removed), This material is the first key component of futuristic smart uniforms that also will respond to and protect from environmental chemical hazards. The research appears in the July 27 [2016] edition of the journal, , Advanced Materials (“Carbon Nanotubes: Ultrabreathable and Protective Membranes with Sub-5 nm Carbon Nanotube Pores”). An Aug. 3, 2016 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) news release (also on EurekAlert), which originated the news item, explains further (Note: Links have been removed), High breathability is a critical requirement for protective clothing to prevent heat-stress and exhaustion when military personnel are engaged in missions in contaminated environments. Current protective military uniforms are…

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What we’ve been up to: Community involvement

At Talk Science to Me, we encourage our associates to get involved in the community and contribute time to causes they care about. We’ve been pretty busy on the community involvement front lately and are proud to share what we’ve been doing. Strengthening the editing community Eve, Amy and I (Roma) are all very involved in Editors British Columbia, the local branch of Editors Canada. On June 10–11, Editors BC hosted the annual Editors Canada conference. Last spring, Amy took on the huge task of co-chairing the conference, a year-long commitment that she carried out while also serving on the Editors BC executive as editor of the branch blog, West Coast Editor. Planning the conference meant finding and managing volunteers, liaising with the conference venue, confirming the speaker schedule and following up on a million little things that are necessary for a conference to be successful. And the conference definitely was a success, with…

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Sweet Sketchnotes

Another year, another honey harvest. It is amazing how much I remembered from last time… and how much I forgot. That’s why I made some sketchnotes about the process to better refresh my memory again 12 months from now. Perhaps they will help other wannabe-beekeepers out there! Sketchnotes are a useful means of learning and recording ideas and information. It is a combination of handwritten notes, doodles, arrows, fancy lettering, etc. I find that it helps break up large slabs of writing, adding landmarks for quicker and more enjoyable referencing later. For example, a doodle of a bowling ball with a ruler next to it marks an activity my teaching-science professor described to us, where students hypothesized how many bowling balls they could fit in their classroom. It’s hard to believe I am already 2/3 of the way through PDP (Professional Development Program, SFU’s Teacher certification)! This summer has flown in a rush, leaving…

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