#492 Flint Water Crisis

This week we dig into the Flint water crisis: what happened, how it got so bad, what turned the tide, what's still left to do, and the mix of science, politics, and activism that are still needed to finish pulling Flint out of the crisis. We spend the hour with Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha, a physician, scientist, activist, the founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, and author of the book "What the Eyes…

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Palaeocast is up for a People’s Choice Award in Canada!

Science Borealis, a Canadian science blog community, along with the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada have announced the short-list for the 2018 People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Online, and Palaeocast has been nominated! We are honoured to be short-listed, and thanks to those at Science Borealis that . Please help us out by voting for us here. You can also read about the other nominations here. Although we’re not strictly Canadian, you do…

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Episode 94: Joggins Fossil Cliffs

The Carboniferous was a time of huge swampy forests, big trees, and lots of life both on land and in the ocean. One world-renowned fossil site from approximately 300 million years ago is the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, located on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia Canada. Joggins is one of Canada’s five palaeontology-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is one of the best places in this world to find fossils from this time period.…

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#491 Frankenstein LIVES

Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley gave us a legendary monster, shaping science fiction for good. Thanks to her, the name of Frankenstein is now famous world-wide. But who was the real monster here? The creation? Or the scientist that put him together? Tune in to a live show from Dragon Con 2018 in Atlanta, as we breakdown the science of Frankenstein, complete with grave robbing and rivers of maggots. Featuring Tina Saey, Lucas Hernandez,…

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New tech holds the promise of changing your health — the problem is that sometimes it doesn’t work well

People love their gadgets. Fitness trackers are a great way to say I have a lot of disposable income and I care about my health. The problem is that a lot of the wearable tech out there doesn't necessarily do what it says it does.  I wrote about this for the CBC recently. Read the article here: https://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/new-tech-holds-the-promise-of-changing-...   (Photo Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

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SLPals

In this episode, Simon talk with his friend Yasmin Beydoun about her path to becoming a speech-language pathologist. Their conversation takes them everywhere from meeting at a nerd camp for entrepreneurial neuroscience students in Halifax to her clinical training with linguistic minorities. We also learn about the complexities around swallowing, how standardized tests can keep out marginalized communities from becoming healthcare professionals, and the politics of school speech assessments. Are you a SLP or SLP-in-training with…

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Epidemiology: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

"There are only a handful of ways to do a study properly, but one thousand ways to do it wrong." We often talk on the podcast about the difference between good and bad studies, about studies that prove causation versus the ones that just show an association. The field of nutrition research is particularly problematic these days and even John Ioannidis is sounding the alarm. I recently wrote an article for Medscape about what readers…

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Broad Science Youth Back to School: My Day @McGill with SEDE

In April, we teamed up with the Mcgill University’s Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) for their My Day @ McGill events, which hosts and introduces hundreds of elementary school kids to what it’s like to be a university student for the day Youth 7 to 12 years came into our CKUT Radio Station to learn about science and why science communication is important. They also learnt about scientific interviewing and gained basic radio…

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Jonathan Has a Website

Just a quick word to let you know that I, Jonathan, now have a website that aggregates everything I do on the science communication side of things. Every article I write, every podcast I'm a part of, every video I release, every talk I give, and every media appearance I make: it's all there. It's jonathanjarry.com. Bookmark it. Subscribe to it. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

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