Why It’s Important to Report Workplace Hazards

Safety management has evolved over the past few decades, but safety professionals still struggle to get the point across to the workforce that it is important to report hazards, unsafe acts and conditions. There are significant advantages to reporting and ways to help improve it in your workplace. Read on to learn more.

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Canada’s 2021 budget and science

As more than one observer has noted, this April 19, 2021 budget is the first in two years. Predictably, there has been some distress over the copious amounts of money being spent to stimulate/restart the economy whether it needs it or not. Some have described this as a pre-election budget. Overall, there seems to be more satisfaction than criticism. Maybe a little prescient? After mentioning some of the government’s issues with money (Phoenix Payroll System…

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Science and art/sci events during May 2021

First off, there’s Canada’s annual Science Odyssey (see my April 26, 2021 posting for more about the government initiative or you can go directly to the Science Odyssey website for a listing of the events). Since posting about Science Odyssey, I have received a number of emails announcing event and not all of them are part of the Odyssey experience. From the looks of things, May 2021 is going to be a very busy month.…

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How "Eco-Friendly" is the Suez Canal?

In the past month, the 1300 feet long Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days. This event caused a huge setback in shipments and international exports, but how did it affect the environment? More generally, is the Suez Canal “eco-friendly”? After reading some articles about the environmental impact of the Suez Canal, I came across mixed opinions and captivating information which had to be shared. The building of the Suez Canal began…

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New podcast—Mission: Interplanetary and Event Rap: a one-stop custom rap shop Kickstarter

I received two email notices recently, one from Dr. Andrew Maynard (Arizona State University; ASU) and one from Baba Brinkman (Canadian rapper of science and other topics now based in New York). Mission: Interplanetary I found a “Mission: Interplanetary— a podcast on the future of humans as a spacefaring species!” webpage (Link: https://collegeofglobalfutures.asu.edu/blog/2021/03/23/mission-interplanetary-redefining-how-we-talk-about-humans-in-space/) on the Arizona State University College of Global Futures website, Back in January 2019 I got an email from my good friend…

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Call for papers for the 13th (2021) Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC)

“Building Forward Better” (sigh) is the concept for the upcoming 2021 Canadian Science Policy Conference. (I wish the theme didn’t seem derivative of “Build Back Better,” President Joe Biden’s agenda.) The deadline as it stands now is May 21, 2021 for the panel proposals and, I believe, the short talk proposals. As usual, the conference is being held in Ottawa, which is convenient when most government science policy wonks are in Ottawa, of course, the…

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Artificial emotional intelligence detection

Sabotage was not my first thought on reading about artificial emotional intelligence so this February 11, 2021 Incheon National University press release (also on EurekAlert) is educational in an unexpected way (Note: A link has been removed), With the advent of 5G communication technology and its integration with AI, we are looking at the dawn of a new era in which people, machines, objects, and devices are connected like never before. This smart era will…

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Summer Co-op Positions

I’m happy to announce that I’m currently looking to hire two University of Guelph undergraduate students for co-op intern positions in our lab for the summer 2020 semester. Web & Mobile Development for the University of Guelph’s First Response Team The successful candidate will work with a team of undergraduate independent study students (registered inContinue reading "Summer Co-op Positions"

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Getting to be more literate than humans

Lucinda McKnight, lecturer at Deakin University, Australia, has a February 9, 2021 essay about literacy in the coming age of artificial intelligence (AI) for The Conversation (Note 1: You can also find this essay as a February 10, 2021 news item on phys.org; Note 2: Links have been removed), Students across Australia have started the new school year using pencils, pens and keyboards to learn to write.In workplaces, machines are also learning to write, so…

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