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Cash is on the way out, so what’s in your wallet?


By Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology and Engineering Editor With the holiday season just around the corner, merchants are already enticing customers […]

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A jellyfish chat on November 28, 2017 at Café Scientifique Vancouver get together

Café Scientifique Vancouver sent me an announcement (via email) about their upcoming event, We are pleased to announce our next café which will happen on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH at 7:30PM in the back room of YAGGER'S DOWNTOWN (433 W Pender). JELLYFISH – FRIEND, FOE, OR FOOD? Did you know that in addition to stinging swimmers, jellyfish also cause extensive damage to fisheries and coastal power plants? As threats such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change…

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A Scien-terrific Holiday Pop-Up!

For the first time ever, Toronto is getting a handmade holiday pop-up shop just for science lovers! On December 9th and 10th, the Toronto Etsy Street Team will host A Scienterrific Holiday Pop-Up at their gallery at 906 Queen St West. Between the hours of 10am and 8pm, you’ll be able to buy beautiful handmade gifts for all your science-loving friends and family, and maybe a little something for yourself ;) Check out the list…

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Colour: an art/science open call for submissions

The submission deadline for this open ‘art/sci’ call is January 17, 2018 (from a November 29, 2017 Art/Science Salon announcement; received via email), COLOUR: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? An exhibition exploring colour as a phenomenon that crosses the boundaries of the arts and sciences. Artists and designers revel in, and seek to understand, the visceral, physical and ephemeral qualities of colour. Sir Isaac Newton began his scientific experiments with light and prisms as…

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Conceptual evolution in some explanations in neuroscience

This website and this blog have been around long enough now (over 15 years and nearly 7 years, respectively) to have witnessed the ongoing evolution and refinement of certain concepts in the neurosciences. We all know that science evolves, but it can be interesting to see how. That’s what I’d like to show today, using an example of conceptual evolution. This example relates to the amygdalae—the two almond-shaped groups of neuronal nuclei on either side…

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Case closed(ish): Shutting the door on the Toronto sewage bypass alerts

Aerial view of Humber Bay Treatment Plant after a rainstorm.  Massive amounts of rain fell on Toronto in one hour back in July, 2013. The deluge overwhelmed city infrastructure and knocked out power to at least one wastewater treatment plant. The city dumped more than 1-billion litres of raw sewage into Lake Ontario in a single day.Lake Ontario Waterkeeper responded to the flood by sampling recreational water spots around the city and working with local…

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Paleontology from an Amateur Perspective 1

I have the great opportunity to write about paleontology. Paleontology is something I’ve always wanted to be involved with, but it’s something I never pursued academically. I have acquired several books on the subject that I have studied, and once I exhausted those resources, I stopped. Life got in the way and my dinosaur knowledge, beyond Jurassic Park, stagnated. I’ve since received my B.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. From there it…

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Fabric Fun – Making Embroidered Microfossils

Microfossils are exactly what they sound like – tiny fossils! There are several different subcategories: foraminifera, radiolaria, and nannofossils. Micropaleonologists find these microfossils in the core the JOIDES Resolution collects from the Earth’s crust. Micro means small so most of the microfossils must be seen through a microscope. Although the fossilized shells show up as white now, they used to be all kinds of colours when the organisms were still living. We have a new...…

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