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More women scientists needed in the classrooms, faculty and professional world

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Sexism under the microscope as Annemieke Farenhorst talks about the lack of women scientists.

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The government must free scientists to talk to journalists

This week is Right to Know Week in Canada, intended to acknowledge and celebrate our freedom-of-information laws. Some 40 other countries have a Right to Know Day, but we Canadians get a whole week. And you know what? We need it.

Ironically, this celebration of open information comes on the back of new evidence of unacceptable political interference in the public statements of federal government researchers. In short, the information policies of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper are muzzling scientists in their dealings with the media.



Deep Spill 2: Not coming to a gulf near you

"Deep Spill 2" sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller.

Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. "Deep Spill 2" is the name of an ambitious series of proposed scientific experiments that should be happening right now. Scientists from around the globe are ready, literally, to dive in to understand what is happening with the oil and gas that are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico with the force of a volcano.

There is one problem, though: BP won't let them.

American scientist Craig Venter creates and sells self-replicating synthetic life

The Belfast Telegraph in Northern Ireland has leaked news of monumental importance to humanity:

"An American biologist has stepped into the shoes of Baron Frankenstein by breathing life into a bacterium using genes assembled in the laboratory.

The creation of the 'synthetic cell', described as a 'landmark' by one British expert, is a 15-year dream come true for maverick genetics entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter."


Rad Science Art Auction

Sunday, December 14, 2014 (All day)


Discovery Centre
1593 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
44° 38' 45.7944" N, 63° 34' 23.9916" W

To recognize the amazing skateboarding and graphic design culture in our community, the Discovery Centre invited six of the top young artists in Nova Scotia to design a one-of-a-kind skateboard deck as part of our Tony Hawk | Rad Science exhibit. The resulting designs are now part of a fundraising auction in support of the not-for-profit Discovery Centre. The #RadScience Art Auction is open for online bidding until Dec 14th. Please make sure to stop in at the Centre in downtown Halifax to have an even better look at these fantastic works of art and a look at the artists who created them. These would make a unique gift or addition to your collection!

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A New Direction for Science Policy in Canada? Get Science Right town hall, November 27!

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Westin Hotel Ottawa, Ontario Room
11 Colonel By Drive 6137265186
Ottawa, ON
45° 25' 30.4392" N, 75° 41' 34.8828" W

Nov 27: A New Direction for Science Policy in Canada? Get Science Right!

On November 27, join us for an evening with journalist Mike De Souza to discuss the impact of the federal government's current approach to science policy, examine ways to protect science in the public interest, and hear the views of representatives from the three main political parties on what should be the role of the federal government with respect to research and post-secondary education.

Confirmed panelists include:

Béla Joós, Physics Professor, University of Ottawa

Diane Beauchemin, Chemistry Professor, Queen’s University


The brain and the ballet dancer: Dr. Crystal Dilworth on the co-dependency between art and science

September 16, 2014
| Does art need the structure of science? Can science grow without creativity? For Dr. Crystal Dilworth, the attraction between opposites is all about the brain and a little bit of chemistry.
Length: 28:06 minutes (51.46 MB)

Dr. Jennifer Gardy on women in science and sexism in the media

July 24, 2014
| In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Gardy talks about women in science, sexism in the media, public health and the future of science research.
Length: 42:16 minutes (38.7 MB)

Facebook and the bald-headed kid

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There's this cartoon you probably know. It features a big-headed, bald kid named Charlie and a girl named Lucy. Again and again in this amusing comic, Lucy promises not to move the football she's holding while the Charlie kid runs to kick it. And, again and again, to great bittersweet hilarity, she does and little Charlie goes flying landing on his back, chagrined but, we understand, still trusting in Lucy's innate goodness. We love that adorable sap, Charlie Brown.


Caring for your personal microbial ecosystem

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Hardly a week goes by without an article in a major scientific journal about the diversity of microorganisms living in and on our bodies. Few microbial species can be grown in pure culture, but modern DNA sequencing techniques have unleashed a flood of information about microbes associated with humans. Google Scholar analysis of the term "human microbiome" shows fewer than 1,000 articles between 1970 and 1999, 3,000 articles between 2000 and 2009, and over 17,000 articles since 2010. 

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