Science Cuts: Ottawa Views Pure Science As ‘Cash Cow,’ Critics Say.
More details about the redirection of science research into industry (entire article at link above).
“…an analysis of more than 140,000 NSERC grants going back to before the Tories took office in 2006 reveals in stark terms how remaining federal research dollars have been [...]
Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th Birthday Is Celebrated With Google Doodle.
Go and enjoy the Googledoodle today Happy Birthday Copernicus!
Tuesday’s Google Doodle, made in honor of the scientist’s 540th birthday, shows the planets slowly and peacefully orbiting the Sun, celebrating Copernicus’s most famous discovery: that the planets do, in fact, circle the Sun rather than [...]
Happy New Year! enjoy this article by Maria Popova from BrainPickings (a great blog)
“When his daughter turned ten, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins — arguably today’s most vocal atheist and celebrated skeptic — wrote her a simply worded but tremendously thoughtful letter about how we know what we know, stressing the importance of evidence over [...]
[27-Nov-12] Stop the War on Science: Save the Experimental Lakes Area.
Winnipeg – Scientists, activists, and concerned citizens alike are uniting to send a clear message to the Harper Government: it is time to stop the war on science. One of the most devastating losses to Canada’s science capacity is the defunding of the Experimental [...]
NEWS: Freshwater research facility to be transferred by Harper government to institute funded by Suncor, Enbridge.
NEWS: Freshwater research facility to be transferred by Harper government to institute funded by Suncor, Enbridge By Brent Patterson, Thursday, November 15th, 2012 More Sharing ServicesShare Print
The Globe and Mail reports, “The federal Conservative government is attempting [...]
Newest National Research Council layoffs the "tip of the iceberg": NDP science critic.
OTTAWA – Nearly 100 of Canada’s top researchers and scientists are facing layoffs in what the NDP science and technology critic says is just the “tip of the iceberg” in what appears to be the Conservative government’s plan to slash funding for [...]
The Massey Experience. Massey Lectures feature phsyicist Neil Turok this year. Tickets for Toronto are sold out (you can check other cities, but likely the case) —- But you can listen to the broadcast Nov 12-16.
Neil Turok is one of the world’s leading physicists, and a renowned educational innovator. The highly regarded Director of [...]
Robin Rowland: Stephen Harper vs. Science.
A giant glacier helped gouge the Douglas Channel starting north of Terrace, passing Kitimat down to today’s coast. Some of the islands that Enbridge forgot to mention in its promotional video, like Hawksbury Island, just south of Kitimat, are made up of glacial deposits, rising 200 metres above sea [...]
Book written in DNA code | Science | The Guardian.
(OK, my brain hurts, but this is oddly Fahrenheit 451 redux, yes?)
cientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including 11 images and a computer program, it is the largest amount of data [...]
Canadian scientists protest against spending cuts | Reuters.By David Ljunggren OTTAWA | Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:20pm EDT
[NOTE: this protest actually made it to several international news services, including (Reuters) ] – Several hundred Canadian scientists and their supporters held an unprecedented protest march on Tuesday to demonstrate against the government’s decision to close [...]
[Forwarded to OHS from Richard Thain, HAO]
Bad Science Watch – Important Issues. Sound Science. Real Change..
New watchdog targets bad science in policy and regulation nationwide
Toronto, ON – Monday, July 9th, 2012 – Bad Science Watch, a new Canadian science advocacy group, has issued a challenge to the Canadian government: stick to the [...]
Science community to protest research cuts with funeral march.
OTTAWA — A funeral procession — complete with a coffin, black-clad mourners and a scythe-wielding grim reaper — will make its way to Parliament Hill Tuesday as hundreds of scientists from across Canada rally in protest of federal science cuts.
Members of Canada’s scientific community are [...]
Neutrons escaping to a parallel world?.
ScienceDaily (June 15, 2012) — In a paper recently published in European Physical Journal (EPJ) C, researchers hypothesised the existence of mirror particles to explain the anomalous loss of neutrons observed experimentally. The existence of such mirror matter had been suggested in various scientific contexts some time ago, including [...]
Vertebrates share ancient neural circuitry for complex social behaviors, biologists find.
ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) — Humans, fish and frogs share neural circuits responsible for a diversity of social behavior, from flashy mating displays to aggression and monogamy, that have existed for more than 450 million years, biologists at The University of Texas [...]
The Tyee – The Gem of Canadian Science that Harper Killed.
“…In fact the country has now officially entered a Dark Age for science…” forwarded by a member
Over the Victoria Day weekend Canadians lost another vital national institution that quietly stood on guard for the nation’s 4 million lakes.
Just as citizens flocked [...]
“Monkey bill” passes Tennessee Senate | NCSE.
The bill …would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”Among those expressing opposition to the bill are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil [...]
Evolution’s New Wrinkle: Proteins With ‘Cruise Control’ Act Like Adaptive Machines. (it’s a week of publishing …more confirmation of Darwin and Wallace’s observations..)
“….The work also confirms an idea first floated in an 1858 essay by Alfred Wallace, who along with Charles Darwin co-discovered the theory of evolution. Wallace had suspected that certain systems undergoing [...]
Pi Day: Events, Activities
Coming up March 14, it’s Einsteins Birthday – and the date 3.14159 …. Send your friends some PI or PIE – founded 24 years ago, this is a fun holiday celebrated all over the world
There are lots of PI day songs on Youtube – and here’s [...]
Gorilla Genome Sequenced! « Afarensis: Anthropology, Evolution, and Science.
Gorilla Genome Sequenced!
From Afarensis – (reposted here from rom the OHS Facebook posting): The gorilla genome has been sequenced and yields some interesting insights on human evolution. The research is reported in Nature. The article is open access, if you wish to read further. Here is [...]
Voices for climate change education | NCSE.
[NCSE, first in the fight against creationism, is now moving into Climate Change science - and beginning by collecting statements from educational and scientific bodies - good news] NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of a new resource in the climate change section of its website: “Voices [...]