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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Film Review

Phosphorus tailings pond, near Lakeland, Florida. Image courtesy of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Jasman Sahota, guest contributor The environment is constantly changing. But to what extent is the environment shaped by human activities? […]

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Mathematics Isn’t Just Numbers

We often equate mathematics with numbers, as if mathematics doesn’t extend further than doing arithmetic. Each time this happens, I have to restrain myself from going on a rant. I want to grab the person by the collar and exclaim, “There’s so much more to mathematics than just numbers! It’s like saying that running is just a bunch of one-legged hops. While that might be technically true, it’s not the way most people would describe…

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Companion Animal Psychology News May 2019

Insect-detecting dogs, the challenges of science with cats, and spider's brains...Some of my favourites this month“Three very good dogs – named Bayar, Judd and Sasha – have sniffed out the endangered Alpine Stonefly, one of the smallest animals a dog has been trained to successfully detect in its natural habitat.” Sit! Seek! Fly! Scientists train dogs to sniff out endangered insects by Dr. Julia Mynott.“The cats performed as well as the dogs. But, foreshadowing a…

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Pre-emptive thoughts on Pride Month 2019 & a look ahead

June is Pride Month, and for the first time since 2012, I will be away in the field, this time on the remote Henderson Island in the South Pacific Ocean with no email/phone. To be honest I’m quite looking forward to it. But it does mean that I’ll be largely absent for Pride Month this year, which is a bit sad because I see it as an important time, to celebrate successes and renew battles…

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Pint Of Science Arrives Tomorrow

After many months of preparation and planning, Pint of Science 2019 arrives tomorrow. With 24 countries and more than 300 cities around the world welcoming more than 120 thousand guests, Pint of Science is truly a global celebration of science. And I’m extremely excited to be part of the team to bring it to GuelphContinue reading "Pint Of Science Arrives Tomorrow"

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STEMinism Sunday: Maud Leonora Menten

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Have you ever heard of Maud Leonora Menten? I hadn’t, until last week, when I read this fascinating post about her life…

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Space-time maps & tracking colony size with OpenCV in Python

One of the things that the Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center is doing very well, is creating an atmosphere that combines mathematics and experiment in cancer. Fellow TheEGG blogger, Robert Vander Velde is one of the new generation of cancer researchers who are combining mathematics and experiment. Since I left Tampa, I’ve had less opportunity to keep up with the work at the IMO, but occasionally I catch up on…

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TRANSFORM happened!

How do you describe the indescribable?Last week, Agile hosted the TRANSFORM unconference in Normandy, France. We were there to talk about the open suburface stack — the collection of open-source Python tools for earth scientists. We also spent time on the state of the Software Underground, a global community of practice for digital subsurface scientists and engineers. In effect, this was the first annual Software Underground conference. This was SwungCon 1.The spaceI knew the Château…

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Le rendez-vous annuel des nerds des chauves-souris

par Virginie Lemieux-LabontéLe prix excellence CSBQ m’a permis de participer à la 47ième édition du symposium de la North America Society for Bat Research (NASBR), rassemblant la communauté de spécialiste des chauves-souris d’Amérique du Nord à Knoxville au Tennessee (États-Unis). C’est devant ce public avisé que j’ai présenté par affiche une étude sur la communauté de microorganismes de la peau de la grande chauves-souris brune (Eptesicus fuscus) exposée au syndrome du museau blanc (SMB). Cette maladie…

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Genes, intelligence, Chinese CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) babies, and other children

This started out as an update and now it’s something else. What follows is a brief introduction to the Chinese CRISPR twins; a brief examination of parents, children, and competitiveness; and, finally, a suggestion that genes may not be what we thought. I also include a discussion about how some think scientists should respond when they know beforehand that one of their kin is crossing an ethical line. Basically, this is a complex topic and…

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