Science Communication: At Science Rendezvous via the Perimeter Insititute and the University of Toronto

It was a wonderful week for data science in Astronomy for us! The Perimeter Insitute: Artificial Intelligence and the Complexity Frontier On May 2, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics broadcasted its public lecture “Artificial Intelligence and the Complexity Frontier” by Roger Melko (Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute and University of Waterloo).  It was a very insightful lecture on machine learning, artificial intelligence (A.I), and fundamental physics and delivered in an easy to understand and jargon-free method,  full…

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A meditation of capybaras

Nature’s ottoman. Image by Charlesjsharp The world’s largest rodent. Image from Pexels Chigüires, carpinchos, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, the cutest darn thing you’ve seen all week. Image by Fujimoyan The capybara is known by lots of names. But whatever they’re called, their intriguing combination of dog size, rodent cuteness and chill demeanor has been occupying an embarrassingly large part of my attention this week. So what is a capybara? Native to a large swath of South America, these animals are related…

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Building for your brain

Where are you right now? It’s a pretty safe bet to say you’re in or around a building. But take a minute to really observe your surroundings. If you’re outside, how interesting are the façades of the buildings around you? Is there green space nearby? Be honest: are you lost? If you’re inside, how high are the ceilings? What colour are the walls? Are there windows nearby? What’s outside the windows? How curvy is the…

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