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Hysterical hypotheses

Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society Co-editor   Today, I’m at the airport, heading back from a visit to the Massachusetts […]

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An easier way to make highly ordered porous films for commercial sensors

An April 3, 2017 news item on Nanowerk describes Japanese research into a new technique for producing MOF’s (metallic organic frameworks), Osaka-based researchers developed a new method to create films of porous metal–organic frameworks fully aligned on inorganic substrates. The method is simple, requiring only that the substrate and an organic linker are mixed under […]

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Does Light Lose Energy As It Travels The Universe?

“As a wave of light travels through the universe, does it lose energy? For example, what is the wavelength of 450 nm (blue) light after traveling a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) km in the universe? Thank you very much.”It does! This loss of energy is usually officially termed a cosmological redshift, and it’s an interesting combination of the way that light moves through space, and the nature of our Universe’s expansion. Light behaves both…Read the full article at…

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Graphene ink image wins top prize in UK national science photography competition

That prizewinning image in the above reminded me of the manhole covers in Vancouver, Canada. An April 3, 2017 news item on phys.org announces about the prize winner, An image of spectacular swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits onto paper, has won the overall prize in a national […]

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What’s in a Name?

When I was a kid growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, sumac seemed to be everywhere, with its long, spindly stems, big, spreading compound leaves, and fuzzy red berries. I always found the plant beautiful, and had heard that First Nations people used the berries in a refreshing drink that tastes like lemonade (which is true… here’s a simple recipe). But often, we kids were warned by adults that this was “poison sumac,”…

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Last chance – submit your abstract today

TODAY THE ABSTRACT DEADLINE ENDSThe African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), the University of  Johannesburg (UJ), International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL), and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are proud to announce and welcome delegates to our hosting of the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference, 20 – 24 November 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent. The venue for the hosting of this prestigious…

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Right Turn: Lessons about science communications from a six-year-old podcaster

What were you doing when you were six years old? When I was six, I was building forts with couch cushions and playing with toys. A six-year-old named Nate from Illinois, USA, achieves much more in his free time than I did when I was a child. Nate started his own podcast called “The Show About Science” about two years ago (with the help of his dad). On his podcast, Nate interviews scientists about topics…

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Friday Fun: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Like with La La Land a few months back, here we have a jazz-themed documentary that I haven’t seen yet but have read an awful lot about. Unlike La La Land, I actually intend to see Chasing Trane and actually have tickets to see an upcoming showing at a Toronto theatre. The reviews seem fantastic, with more or less unanimous opinion that the film does justice to Coltrane both as a person and as a…

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Vlog 19: Will This Pill Work? Health Canada Shrugs

Would you like natural health products to be approved on the basis of whether or not they work? Instead, Health Canada is considering revising its approval process and basing it on risk. *** TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence. Today, we need to talk about Health Canada and natural health products. As you probably know, herbal supplements, homeopathy, and these types of products are currently approved for sale by Health Canada…

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