Reflecting self

Selfies. Definitely notorious in the digital world. Who hasn’t wrinkled up their nose in disgust at a friend’s shameless self-promotion or puckered up a duck face for the camera? Or maybe selfies power your voyage of exploration for personal acceptance, understanding and confidence. Universally reviled, or defended as an act of self-expression. A moment of attention-grabbing vanity or an opportunity for reflection—what exactly is the deal? Selfie history The earliest selfie was recorded in days when point-and-click…

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Death of the stethoscope?

It’s not just zombies that rise from the dead—science news stories can also come back to haunt the reader. Take “Death of the stethoscope,” which surfaced in my RSS feed in the middle of 2015. As a former stethoscope user, the clickbait headline immediately intrigued me. No stethoscope? How would clinicians survive? Historical First off: a little history. According to his Wikipedia summary, a French doctor called René Laennec invented a hollow hearing tube in 1816…

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Fear of brave new worlds or uninspired headline writing?

Summer 2016 marked the 85th anniversary of novelist Aldous Huxley completing his manuscript for Brave New World. The widely read novel, a dystopia of happiness-led oppression (in contrast to the fear-controlled populace in Orwell’s 1984), anticipates global adoption of advances in science and technology such as subliminal learning and reproductive medicine. Published in 1932, the book is still a popular read, ranking fifth in Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th…

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Around town: Operation Med School

This one’s for you if you have a high school student around the house who is thinking that med school could be a good option for post-secondary. A group of enterprising Grade 11 and 12 students is putting on a one-day pre-medical conference for high school peers. Run as an annual event, Operation Med School exposes attendees to many aspects of working in health care by giving them a chance to meet medics, biomedical researchers…

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In case you were wondering: HeroRATs

We first squealed with delight over the APOPO HeroRATs in a cool science gifts post waaaaaay back in November 2014. Always on the lookout for science treasures, we couldn’t help but introduce the amazing impact the rats’ olfactory abilities were making in mine detection and tuberculosis screening in Africa. Oh, and the cute! Valentine’s Day is coming soon… We adopted a couple of the rodents (Hans and Gertie), added APOPO Hero Gifts to our browser…

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Client showcase: Shelly DeForte, biomathematician

As a full-service science communications agency staffed with editors, designers, writers and more, Talk Science to Me takes great pride in supporting all our clients by presenting their science in effective and engaging ways. Although most of our portfolio comprises larger organizations and institutions, we also work with individual authors and researchers to manage their writing and publishing needs. One of our academic authors is biomathematician Shelly DeForte, who recently took up a post-doctoral position…

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Cool science gifts for the cool science kids

With the arrival of a Talk Science to Me baby this summer, we’re looking ahead this festive season to nurturing the next generation of science fans with some cool gifts. Crowdsourced from friends, like a lot of parenting advice these days, here’s our list for keeping the kids (and adults too) fully occupied over the festive season. (Many) days out with science First up, from a new mom, our associate editor Roma Ilnyckyj recommends a…

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Cool science gifts: 2016 edition

’Tis the season to be sciencey … tra la la la la! This is where we come to the rescue with ideas for treating your beloved, or for you to drop as hints to your beloved. Ta-da! The Talk Science To Me annual cool science gifts guide 2016 (read our gift guides from 2014 and 2015 on the blog). Tech There are some really cool pieces of tech out there for gifting, but how about…

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In case you were wondering, part II

What’s the helium situation? …and other updates on stories we covered last year. Helium Although we’re still not comfortable with the frivolous use of helium gas in party balloons, a recent discovery certainly gives MRI fans, astronauts and the boffins at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, reason to celebrate. At the end of June this year, scientists from the University of Oxford and Durham University announced success in a helium hunt collaboration with…

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Around town: All creatures, great and small

This weekend will see a gathering of the province’s veterinarians and staff in downtown Vancouver for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the Society of British Columbia Veterinarians (SBCV) Chapter Fall Conference and Trade Show. The program seems predominantly small animal–oriented, but in reality, vets across BC handle all sizes of patient, quadruped and biped, skin, scales, fur and feather in their daily working lives. Have you ever wondered just how oddly varied a day’s…

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