Maxwell’s demon at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831 – 1879), a Scottish physicist, is famous for many scientific breakthroughs (see Maxwell’s Wikipedia entry) and also for a thought experiment known as Maxwell’s demon. This graphical abstract illustrates a paper from three Simon Fraser University (SFU) physicists that advances the ‘demon’s’ possibiliteis, Graphical Abstract: Energy flows in conventional and information...

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Two Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) announcements abut climate change (an event and a call for submissions)

From a June 6, 2024 Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) announcement received via email, Upcoming Virtual Panel Canada’s rate of warming is twice that of the global rate (GoC, 2023), and the goal of net-zero 2050 is looming in front of us. This panel brings together key figures in the current political, environmental, and academic...

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Implantable brain-computer interface collaborative community (iBCI-CC) launched

That’s quite a mouthful, ‘implantable brain-computer interface collaborative community (iBCI-CC). I assume the organization will be popularly known by its abbreviation.`A March 11, 2024 Mass General Brigham news release (also on EurekAlert) announces the iBCI-CC’s launch, Note: Mass stands for Massachusetts, Mass General Brigham is establishing the Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Collaborative Community (iBCI-CC). This is...

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June 19, 2024 Vancouver (Canada) event: A Tale of Two Oceans: Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic and Antarctic Marine Ecosystems

A May 28, 2024 ARPICO (Society of Italian Researchers in Western Canada) email announced this upcoming June 2024 event, It is our pleasure to invite you to ARPICO’s next public event, “A Tale of Two Oceans: Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic and Antarctic Marine Ecosystems” by Prof. Philippe Tortell, to be held...

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Teaching kids to code with cultural research and embroidery machines

Caption: University of Washington researchers taught a group of high schoolers to code by combining cultural research into various embroidery traditions with “computational embroidery.” The method teaches kids to encode embroidery patterns on a computer through a coding language called Turtlestitch. Here, a student stitched plants with code, then hand-embroidered a bee. Credit: Kivuva et...

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Symbiotic: Merging art and science, one of the June 2024 events and exhibitions at Canada’s science and technology museums

I am bookending May 2024 with announcements from Ingenium (Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation) the parent organization for Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Canada Aviation and Space Museum, all located in Ottawa, Ontario. My May 2, 2024 posting kicked the month off with this “Canada Science and Technology...

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Exploring biodiversity beyond boundaries and participatory (citizen) science

As this has been confusing to me with the two terms being used interchangeably, I investigated and, based on the findings, believe that ‘participatory sciences’ is a larger classification (subject) term, which includes ‘citizen science’ as a specific subset (type) of participatory science. Bearing that in mind, here’s more from a May 29, 2024 letter/notice...

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Graphene-like materials for first smart contact lenses with AR (augmented reality) vision, health monitoring, & content surfing?

A March 6, 2024 XPANCEO news release on EurekAlert (also posted March 11, 2024 on the Graphene Council blog) and distributed by Mindset Consulting announced smart contact lenses devised with graphene-like materials, XPANCEO, a deep tech company developing the first smart contact lenses with XR vision, health monitoring, and content surfing features, in collaboration with...

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