#470 Information Spookyhighway

This week we take a closer look at a few of the downsides of the modern internet, and some of the security and privacy challenges that are becoming increasingly troublesome. Rachelle Saunders speaks with cyber security expert James Lyne about how modern hacking differs from the hacks of old, and how an internet without national boards makes it tricky to police online crime across jurisdictions. And Bethany Brookshire speaks with David Garcia, a computer scientist…

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Episode 89: Teeth and herbivory in reptiles

Tooth shape and arrangement is strongly linked with diet, and palaeontologists often use teeth to determine what kind of food an animal may have been eating. Carnivorous teeth are generally more simple, while herbivorous teeth are more complicated. We know that herbivory evolved later, but how did the dentition of herbivores evolve? What kind of variation exists in herbivorous dentition? In this episode, we speak with Dr Aaron LeBlanc, a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the…

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The #MeToo Movement in STEM

On Bite Size Science we’ll be discussing an editorial published last month in Science Magazine entitled “Instagram won't solve inequality” and the responses following this article, including that by science.sam (Samantha Yammine). Our main story will examine sexual harassment and assault in the academic science fields. We will hear about the lived experience of Ada, a survivor of sexual harassment (17.40min). We also spoke to Dr. Robin Nelson, a biological anthropologist at Santa Clara University…

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#469 The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

What happens when you take 5 enourmous freshwater lakes isolated in the middle of a continent and suddenly open them up to the Atlantic? The ecology of the North American Great Lakes is changing fast. We spend the hour with Dan Egan, an award-winning writer and reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, to talk about his book "The Death and…

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039 – Keto Diet and Vaginal Dryness

  A shameless Chris removes his belt at an all-you-can-eat buffet, which leads Jonathan to talk about the keto diet. How does it compare to other diets and will it do anything to your diabetes, cancer, or epilepsy? Learn about the mysterious food stuff known was "tufo"; hear someone say "carby" a lot; and watch in horror as Jonathan drinks a whole bottle of nail polish remover. Also: how does hormone replacement therapy compare to…

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Episode 88: Bacula

The buculum is a bone present in the head of the penis of most mammals. Whilst a few mammals, like us, don’t possess a baculum, some have greatly reduced versions and many have very elaborate shapes. Despite this variety in expression of the baculum, its function remains elusive, though many theories exist. Investigating the function of this bone is Dr Charlotte Brassey, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and she joins us for this episode to give…

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#468 Slicing into Surgery

Surgery isn't generally a good time these days. There's pain and danger. But surgery today is nothing to the surgery of the past, when desperate patients had to sit, awake and with no painkillers, through the sawing-off of their own limbs. If they made it through that, they frequently died of infections from the dirty hands and instruments of their own doctors. What changed, and who changed it? This week we talk about the transformation…

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#468 Slicing into Surgery

Surgery isn't generally a good time these days. There's pain and danger. But surgery today is nothing to the surgery of the past, when desperate patients had to sit, awake and with no painkillers, through the sawing-off of their own limbs. If they made it through that, they frequently died of infections from the dirty hands and instruments of their own doctors. What changed, and who changed it? This week we talk about the transformation…

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A Congressional Gold Medal design

On March 21, 2018 at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honored the men and women who served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II. The OSS was America’s first spy agency—the forerunner to the CIA. A brief synopsis of the OSS and details about the medal are here. My miniscule connection to this esteemed group of people is that I designed the gold medal being…

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California, Coffee and Cancer

My article from the Montreal Gazette looking at whether coffee really does need a warning label. http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-california-ruling-on-cancer-c... **************************************************************************************************** Recently a California judge ruled that coffee increases the risk of cancer and must carry a warning label. The decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed against companies like Starbucks claiming they violated the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act(popularly known as Prop 65) that requires warning labels for any food that contains a chemical that…

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