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Bringing bodies together: Solar eclipse generates excitement for science

Characters of all types gathered at TELUS World of Science for an eclipse-viewing party. Image by Armin Mortazavi

by Lauren Borja, Physics and Astronomy editor Millions of people gathered to watch the moon completely obstruct the sun today […]

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Canadian science policy news and doings (also: some US science envoy news)

I have a couple of notices from the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC), a twitter feed, and an article in online magazine to thank for this bumper crop of news.  Canadian Science Policy Centre: the conference The 2017 Canadian Science Policy Conference to be held Nov. 1 – 3, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario for the third year in a row has a super saver rate available until Sept. 3, 2017 according to an August 14,…

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Pulling a Jane Goodall

This week, Dispatches from the Field is excited to welcome guest blogger Stacey Hollis.  A field biologist turned communicator, Stacey shares some details of her time in the field – and also what led to her decision to leave the field and pursue journalism.  For more about Stacey, check out her bio at the end of the post. I like to say I “pulled a Jane Goodall”. After more than five years of working in…

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Summer Reading: Sound Advice

A summer reading list for dog and cat people.This year’s theme is sound advice on dogs and cats. In a world where good information is hard to come by and persistent myths about animals continue to lead people astray, sound advice is well worth sharing. And sharing again.Read on for some of my favourite posts that help us to understand – and train – dogs and cats better.“Some dogs do not appreciate being rudely awoken”…

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Bubble physics could explain language patterns

According to University of Portsmouth physicist, James Burriidge, determining how linguistic dialects form is a question for physics and mathematics.  Here’s more about Burridge and his latest work on the topic from a July 24, 2017 University of Portsmouth press release (also on EurekAlert), Language patterns could be predicted by simple laws of physics, a new study has found. Dr James Burridge from the University of Portsmouth has published a theory using ideas from physics…

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Weighing in on a controversial topic

We are less than one week away from Signals’ second blog carnival! Last month I promised to reveal the topic and the participants. I also hinted that this year’s topic might strike some readers as controversial. Given that a few invited bloggers declined to participate, I’d have to say that’s the case. So although our numbers are a little smaller this year – busy schedules and vacations having also gotten in the way – the…

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Five for fighting, three to six for mumps: Controlling disease outbreaks in the NHL (Part 2)

Editorial note: This piece was co-written by Atif Kukaswadia, PhD, and Ary Maharaj, M.Ed. Atif is a writer for the Public Health Perspectives blog on the PLOS network, and Ary is a writer for Silver Seven, an SBNation blog about the Ottawa Senators hockey team. This piece is being cross-published on both platforms. Enjoy! CHALLENGES The environment within NHL clubs are relatively controlled, with most players together a majority of the time — from on-ice,…

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x lines of Python: read and write CSV

A couple of weeks ago, in Murphy's Law for Excel, I wrote about the dominance of spreadsheets in applied analysis, and how they may be getting out of hand. Then in Organizing spreadsheets I wrote about how — if you are going to store data in spreadsheets — to organize your data so that you do the least amount of damage. The general goal being to make your data machine-readable. Or, to put it another way,…

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