• Editorial: Earth Day: Not just a single day (photo credit: Flickr user Eric Parker; CC BY-NC 2.0) Editorial: Earth Day: Not just a single day (photo credit: Flickr user Eric Parker; CC BY-NC 2.0)
  • Celebrating the March Polar Week with APECS! Profiles from the Arctic – the making of a web documentary Celebrating the March Polar Week with APECS! Profiles from the Arctic – the making of a web documentary
  • Editorial: Creative credit: media use across the web (image credit: R Nakamura) Editorial: Creative credit: media use across the web (image credit: R Nakamura)
  • Editorial: What’s the buzz (or not) around Canadian science policy? (Photo: pmwebphotos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Editorial: What’s the buzz (or not) around Canadian science policy? (Photo: pmwebphotos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • Editorial: Trading in Wellness (image credit: fiona paloma; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Editorial: Trading in Wellness (image credit: fiona paloma; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

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Earth Day: Not just a single day

by Sri Ray-Chauduri

Environmental & Earth Sciences subject editor

Did you know there are two Earth Days? April 22nd marks the Earth Day founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Nelson worked on conservation issues with the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s, and the protests and teach-ins of the era inspired him to do the same for environmental awareness. The other Earth Day, first commemorated on March 21st, 1970, during the vernal equinox, was proposed by peace activist John …

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What Is A Typical Animal Hoarder?

Sometimes we hear their cases on the news – dozens of sick and frightened dogs or cats removed from the home of an animal hoarder. But is there a typical profile, and how big is the problem?A study by Calvo et al (2014) investigates 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain between 2002 and 2011. Photo: schankz / ShutterstockAnimal hoarding is not simply having large numbers of pets; it also inv... continue reading

This week: Open access and open science journalism

I had a couple of guest posts come out today, and surprisingly both happen to be about open access. The first was for Canadian Science Publishing, on open access publishing and gold versus green standards (thanks to John Dupuis for commenting on an early draft of this post): “Open Access (OA) is a popular buzzword…... continue reading

Mythbuster Kary Byron Answers Science Questions

One of the great things about being a science writer is that it's part of my work to check out interesting articles on the Internet. No, I'm not just surfing randomly. I'm finding out the answers to interesting questions such as "What's it like to be a Mythbuster on the popular TV show Mythbusters? Or a female Mythbuster? And when Mythbuster Kari Byron was expecting her baby, how did she ensure th... continue reading

OpenSciLogs: The Evolution of Popular Science, Maybe

by Sarah Boon Do you comment on science-related blog posts or online articles? Do you share via Twitter or LinkedIn? Maybe you send an email about it to a few friends and you end up talking about it over coffee or lunch. Ultimately a science article – and the discussion around it – tend to [...]... continue reading

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Polar Opposites? The Social Construction of Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa

Some might argue that bulimia nervosa is more “hidden” than anorexia nervosa — it is not always obvious that someone is suffering from bulimia (though, I would argue, it is not always obvious that someone is suffering from any eating disorder). Even when it is “discovered,” BN is often placed in opposition with AN — as if the two were polar opposites. Indeed, attempts to ... continue reading

Canadian Earth Science for @PMHarper 4 – Ice ages and Klondike gold

The pre-amble to this series of reviews is here Froese, E.G., Zazula, G.D., Westgate, J.A., Preece, S.J., Sanborn, P.T., Reyes, A.V., Pearce, N.J.G., 2009, The Klondike goldfields and Pleistocene environments of Beringia. GSA Today, v. 19, no. 8, p. 4-10. We live in a time that is characterized by the coming and going of Ice Ages. Many people think of the Ice Ages as something of the past, but our... continue reading

Are vouchers always necessary?

We live in times with a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat is endangering species and we become increasingly concerned about the consequences of their disappearance. The standard approach in biology is to go out and collect specimens either... continue reading

Chiral breathing at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS)

An April 17, 2014 news item on ScienceDaily highlights some research about a polymer that has some special properties, Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical prope... continue reading

Spider bites are extraordinarily rare (and more unlikely than car crashes)

“It does not seem like this spider is a frequent biter and the reports of alleged bites in the media and from the general public greatly outnumber the reality of the situation”That’s a quote from a recent paper published by McKeown et al., titled Verified spider bites in Oregon (USA) with the intent to assess hobo spider venom toxicity. An important word in that title is ‘intent’. ... continue reading

Iran’s work on turmeric (curcumin) as an anti-cancer drug

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned either Iran or curcumin (a constituent of turmeric) but an April 15, 2014 news item on Nanowerk has given me an opportunity to do both, Nanotechnology researchers from Tarbiat Modarres University [Iran] produced a new drug capable of detecting and removing cancer cells using turmeric … The compound is made of curcumin found in the extract of... continue reading

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