Galapagos – From Blue-footed Boobies to Swimming with Sharks (Part 2)

By Margriet RuursThis is the second part of Margriet's story of her visit to the Galapagos Islands. Click here for the first part.Blue-footed Boobie!We hiked across Mosquera Islet seeing many birds up close, including – to my delight – the Blue-footed Boobie. We had watched documentaries about the Galapagos and were thrilled to see these birds in real life, as well as the bright red Sally Lightfoot Crabs scurrying across the black lava rocks, pelicans,…

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Galapagos – From Blue-footed Boobies to Swimming with Sharks (Part 1)

By Margriet RuursMargriet and Kees Ruurs start their Galapagos adventure.Galapagos Islands: the very name conjures up images of a mysterious paradise, of unique species of animals that have adapted to their environment in special ways.I am so glad and grateful that I had a chance to visit these faraway islands, even thought they have now lost some of their magic for me. But the intrigue has been replaced by memories of walking among iguanas and…

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Lane Anderson Award Winner Is Life-long Giraffe Fan

The winner of the 2016 Lane Anderson award for excellence in Canadian science writing for youth is Anne Innis Dagg, for her book 5 Giraffes, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. This is her account of how she came to study giraffe. -CEBy Anne Innis DaggWhen I was three years old, my mother took me on a trip from our home in Toronto to Chicago where we visited the Brookfield Zoo. I was mesmerized by the…

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Investigating Ocean Currents in a Rotating Swimming Pool

By Mirjam GlessmerHave you ever wondered what happens when you put a 13-m-diameter swimming pool on a merry-go-round? Probably not. But I am here to tell you today about what happens when you do just that, and what you can learn from doing so.I am part of an international group of scientists, doing research on currents in the ocean (and you can read more about who we are and what you do on our blog: http://skolelab.uib.no/blogg/darelius).…

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Award Ceremony at the Ontario Science Centre

By Simon ShapiroLast month the SWCC (Science Writers and Communicators of Canada) presented me with their 2016 Youth Book Award, for Faster, Higher, Smarter. The book is about people who had brilliant ideas in sport, and explains the science behind those ideas. It is a huge honour to receive the award. It was that much better because the award was presented at the Ontario Science Centre, and a wonderful group of grade 5 and grade…

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Science Literacy or….What?

By Claire EamerThink scientists are scary? How about sittingdown with a few scientists at your local pub?Not so scary after all, eh? Pint of Science isone of several organizations making that happen.A couple of days ago, I found myself in a Twitter conversation with an assortment of science communicators and scientists (sometimes, but not always, the same thing). We were talking about promoting science literacy. Or maybe not - because what do we actually mean by science…

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Science Literacy or….What?

By Claire EamerThink scientists are scary? How about sittingdown with a few scientists at your local pub?Not so scary after all, eh? Pint of Science isone of several organizations making that happen.A couple of days ago, I found myself in a Twitter conversation with an assortment of science communicators and scientists (sometimes, but not always, the same thing). We were talking about promoting science literacy. Or maybe not - because what do we actually mean by science…

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The Elephant Keeper

By Margriet RuursI am happy to share a new book with you that has been long in the making.In 2014 I was lucky enough to travel to Zambia. There, I visited an elephant orphanage and learned much about how hard people work to help save an endangered species.Elephants are in danger of illegal poaching. Because there are still countries in the world where people wants trinkets made from ivory, there are still poachers willing to…

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Science in Art

Spoiler warning: this post mentions artistic items people are making for sale -- but they're all about science!This summer I have run into a few people who are inspired by science to make beautiful things. One is a potter looking at living cells through a microscope. One is a graduate student studying Earth Sciences, who inspires kids learning how science and art overlap in this way. And the third is making large pictures showing melting…

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Book Review: When Planet Earth Was New

It’s hard to say a lot about a book that has only 300 words. It’s elegant. It’s simple. It’s a look at billions of years of Earth’s natural history in 16 images.This picture book is made up of engaging stylized art accompanied by super-simple text with a touch of the poetic. I would love to have a little kid again to read this to. It is accurate, but accessible. Images are full of action. Gladstone…

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