Why is a dog eating chemical-free deodorant?

During this past winter, Atoms and Numbers saw an incredible spike in traffic to my post on chemical-free chemistry sets. Most of the additional visitors came from Facebook, and due to their privacy setup, I could not locate the posts that generated the traffic, but I trust the readers enjoyed that post. I reread that post after I found this recent article on CBC News, which describes an entrepreneur from Fredericton (the capital city of my home…

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Closing the book on a fantastical 2013

As I am typing these words, I am at the end of a wonderful Christmas week in a house full of parents, and thankfully with heat and light after 32 hours without power in the aftermath of Ice Storm 2013.  The picture below shows the tree damage in my backyard, which will have to be dealt with… at some point, when the ice starts to melt away and I can get some traction walking in…

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My top ten tips for starting a science blog

I have been publishing on Atoms and Numbers website for over two years, and I greatly enjoy this as a hobby.  If you like writing, and you are curious about or excited by the idea of writing about science for a worldwide audience, then you may have considered starting a science blog. There are many articles on the Internet about the mechanics and technical aspects of starting a blog – I can’t point to a single…

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Some thoughts on the NDP’s proposed Independent Science Officer

During the Canadian Science Policy Conference on Thursday, NDP Science Critic Kennedy Stewart announced that he would table a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons, calling for the creation of an Independent Science Officer to “provide science-based advice to members of Parliament and to vet federal science and technology policies.” According to CBC News, this officer’s mandate would include: Assessing the state of scientific evidence relevant to any proposal or bill before Parliament;…

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Taking stock of new opportunities

I am 6 business days into my new job in Toronto, and I am loving it.  After 3 1/2 years of working from my home basement office, doing some consulting work and pondering business ideas, it is great to be actually going to the office in the morning, being around intelligent and friendly people for 8+ hours every day, being challenged but not (yet) overwhelmed, applying many of my skills and what I’ve learned over…

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