Postdoctoral fellowships at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Here’s an opportunity from the Perimeter Institute, received via a September 23, 2021, Perimeter Institute offers a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with maximum research freedom and opportunity to collaborate. We welcome all candidates to apply by November 8, 2021 but applications will be considered until all positions are filled. There’s more about the opportunity from the posting on Academic Jobs Online, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, ResearchFellowship ID: PI-Research-2022PDF [#19639] [Note: Link removed]Fellowship Title: 2022 Postdoctoral…

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Postdoctoral fellowships at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Here’s an opportunity from the Perimeter Institute, received via a September 23, 2021, Perimeter Institute offers a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with maximum research freedom and opportunity to collaborate. We welcome all candidates to apply by November 8, 2021 but applications will be considered until all positions are filled. There’s more about the opportunity from the posting on Academic Jobs Online, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, ResearchFellowship ID: PI-Research-2022PDF [#19639] [Note: Link removed]Fellowship Title: 2022 Postdoctoral…

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Toronto’s (Canada) ArtSci Salon offers: Naturalized Encounters (a series of international, networked meals known as “Follow the Spread” starting Sunday, October 3, 2021

My September 26, 2021 Art/Sci Salon notice (received via email) provides these details, Naturalization = The ecological phenomenon in which a species, taxon, or population of exotic (as opposed to native) origin integrates into a given ecosystem, becoming capable of reproducing and growing in it, and proceeds to disseminate spontaneously. In some instances, the presence of a species in a given ecosystem is so ancient that it cannot be presupposed whether it is native or…

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Precision skincare

An inkjet printer for your skin—it’s an idea I’m not sure I’m ready for. Still, I’m not the target market for the product being described in Rachel Kim Raczka’s June 2, 2021 article for Fast Company (Note: Links have been removed), … I’ve had broken capillaries, patchy spots, and enlarged pores most of my adult life. And after I turned 30, I developed a glorious strip of melasma (a “sun mustache”) across my upper lip.…

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The power of art and science policy

For Berta (They Fear Us Because We Are Fearless) Materials: [detail] Shell casings, shale, smalti, stained glass Size: 16″h x 16″w Year: 2019 [Artist: Julie Sperling] At first glance I thought those were coins—they’re bullet casings. Science policy isn’t always a boring meeting or report. Here’s a little more about the artist Julie Sperling, from the About page on her website, I am a Canadian mosaic artist based in Kitchener, Ontario. My studio practice finds…

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Technology for mopping up oil spills

It’s a little disheartening to write about technology for mopping up oils spills as there doesn’t to be much improvement in the situation as Adele Peters notes in her June 4, 2021 article (A decade after Deepwater Horizon, we’re still cleaning up oil spills the same way) for Fast Company (Note: Links have been removed), Off the coastline of Sri Lanka, where a burning cargo ship has been spilling toxic chemicals and plastic pellets over…

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Carbon nanotubes can scavenge energy from environment to generate electricity

A June 7, 2021 news item on phys.org announces research into a new method for generating electricity (Note: A link has been removed), MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid surrounding them.The liquid, an organic solvent, draws electrons out of the particles, generating a current that could be used to drive chemical reactions or…

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2021 Science Literacy Week (in Canada)

2021’s Science Literacy Week (in Canada) started on September 20, 2021 and this year’s theme is Climate. Since it runs until September 26, 2021, there’s still time to find an event near you or one happening virtually at a time that suits you. (A searchable events database can be found here. Note: I have always found it unhelpful and am reduced to paging through the list. I hope you do better.) For anyone who lives…

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Canadian and Guadeloupean oysters: exposure to nanoplastics and arsenic

A May 27, 2021 news item on phys.org describes research into oysters and nanoplastics, Oysters’ exposure to plastics is concerning, particularly because these materials can accumulate and release metals which are then absorbed by the mollusks. According to a recent study published in the journal Chemosphere, the combined presence of nanoplastics and arsenic affects the biological functions of oysters. This study was conducted by the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Québec City…

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Council of Canadian Academies (CCA): science policy internship and a new panel on Public Safety in the Digital Age

It’s been a busy week for the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA); I don’t usually get two notices in such close order. 2022 science policy internship The application deadline is Oct. 18, 2021, you will work remotely, and the stipend for the 2020 internship was $18,500 for six months. Here’s more from a September 13, 2021 CCA notice (received Sept. 13, 2021 via email), CCA Accepting Applications for Internship Program…The program provides interns with an…

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