I wish I knew how many times per week I get pitched opportunities to “interview” brave, unconventional, innovative “scientists” on my blog. Too many to count, most weeks. The pseudoscience PR whirlpool is vast and slippery. But there’s also the legitimate “Hey, somebody at my university just published this thing, maybe you want to talk…

Yep, Facebook, love it or hate it, it’s hard to ignore that life just hasn’t been the same these past 10 years or so. Horrible Facebook Algorithm Accident Results In Exposure To New Ideas “To those who were forced to read a headline they did not agree with when they visited Facebook yesterday, we are…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these posts, that’s for sure. But since we’re at the start of the new school year, I thought it might be fun to highlight some recent and forthcoming books about science and technology and especially how they intersect with the human condition. Climate change, critical…

One of the real highlights for me every year is the late-summer announcement of the Lane Anderson Awards short list. Celebrating science books is a good thing. Celebrating Canadian writers is a good thing. Somehow in 2016, sunny ways and all, celebrating Canadian science writers seems like the best thing of all. Some info on…

I have a son who will be finishing up his undergrad in physics this coming school year with an eye towards possible graduate work in math. As you can imagine, I occasionally see a link or two on the web that I think he might particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised…

Are We Feeling Collective Grief Over Climate Change? Astrophysicist wins Twitter burn of the year with her reply to climate change skeptic The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here Dazzling blue lakes are forming in Antarctica — and they’ve got scientists worried The Galileo gambit and other stories: the three main…

I’m afraid the answer to that might be “Yes.” Perhaps I’m the only one who’s still interested and perhaps not, but there seems to be little movement towards launching a review of Canadian Science Library infrastructure. Why do I think such a review is a good idea? First of all, I’ve documented the devastation wrought…

How climate change may be fueling Canada’s fire season Environmentalists, automakers applaud Ontario’s $8.3B climate change plan Views from people on the frontlines of climate change How B.C.’s Climate Plan is Being Co-opted by Big Oil Once a climate doubter, Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier now plans to consult scientists Climate change initiatives a $7-trillion…

One of the key faults of the Harper Conservatives’ science policy was their emphasis on applied research to the detriment of basic, curiosity driven research. Obviously there needs to be a balance between any government’s approach to those two kinds of research, neither polar opposite is appropriate. But the Conservatives were way out of wack…

The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review Scholarly Communications: Less of a market, more like general taxation? “We don’t need OA in our field, everything is on arXiv”. Nope. When is the Library Open? and the PS Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too…

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