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If Music Be the Food of Science, Play On

by-Raymond-Nakamura-Raymonds-Brain

Raymond Nakamura and Katrina Wong, Multi-media co-editors There’s Science in Music, as Bill Nye the Science Guy once sang in […]

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Sometimes scientists make mistakes…

…and that’s ok! I think it’s important to talk about what happens when we do make mistakes, and the importance of it. Sometimes you misinterpret data, or do the wrong analysis, or get something wrong. Normally these things are caught in peer review, but sometimes the mistake is so difficult to catch, that it even gets through peer review. Now I’m not talking here about new discoveries that years later turn out to falsify someone…

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I Heard the People Sing at Les Miserables!

I adore musicals. Tech Support is more skeptical of the genre, despite having a deep love of Fiddler on the Roof and Paint Your Wagon. But since he’s a good husband, he took me to Les Mis for Valentine’s Day. I’d seen it live a couple of times before, but this was the fancy new touring production. Not sure I’m on board with it. They took out the “time and place” signals, which made it tough…

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Monster Mash: a brief roundup of Frankenstein events for the 200th anniversary

In no particular order, here are some Frankenstein bits and bobs in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s book. The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project This project at Arizona State University has been featured here a few times and most recently in a October 26, 2016 posting about an artist using a Roomba (robotic vacuum cleaner) in an artistic query and about the Frankenstein at 200 online exhibition. You can find out…

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Art of the Plant exhibit

This May, botanical artists from 25 different countries are showcasing their country’s native plant species through simultaneous exhibitions of botanical art in a unique event called Botanical Art Worldwide. The “groundbreaking collaboration between botanical artists, organizations, and institutions worldwide” will “call attention to the importance of conserving our botanical diversity,” according the website. In each country, the exhibition of botanical art will include a slide show of images from other participating country’s exhibits. Canada’s exhibit, titled Art…

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University researchers study sports, athletes, and the Olympic Games

As the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang draw to a close this weekend, many Ontario university researchers have either had a hand in Team Canada’s performance, or have conducted research on the psychology of an athlete and the Olympic Games themselves. Months before the athletes headed to South Korea, the ACE Climate Wind Tunnel at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology was being used to help perfect the perfect racing suit for the Canadian…

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Colourful Wood: Spalting Fungi

by Jan ThornhillChlorociboria produces gorgeous blue-green fruit bodies.It’s easy to forget while collecting fungi that the ones we find growing on wood and elsewhere are only their fruiting bodies—the actual organism is usually hidden, its mycelium buried deep in wood or soil. But the microscopic mycelium of some wood-loving fungi make it very clear just how large an area they’ve taken over by staining the wood they’ve colonized. This staining, which can sometimes be dark lines,…

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Mitochondria are hot!

There have been some very interesting developments in the field of mitochondrial biology in the past two months. This is very exciting for me as someone who works on bioenergetics in a variety of organisms. The first paper made quite a splash in the community when it came out because the findings suggest that mitochondria operate at much higher temperatures than were previously believed. The paper by Chrétien et al. 2018 appears in PLOS and…

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