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Just a quick post to get a recent set of presentation slides up here on the blog. Earlier this week a colleague in the Science and Technologies Studies program here at York hosted me in her fourth year undergraduate seminar class. Rather than my accustomed and normal role of librarian (I happen to be the…

Update 2017.01.31: First post-inauguration chronology post is done, covering the first week of the Trump administration. From the point of view of someone sitting North of the Canadian/US border, the results of this week’s US Federal election are somewhat terrifying. And honestly and truly as a Canadian and a Torontonian, I say this without a…

Every once in a while, I’m happy to use this blog to throw my support behind a worthy project. And there’s nothing like children’s science books about women in science! Check out the Kickstarter for Science Wide Open: Children’s Books about Women in Science, and consider joining me in helping this amazing project come to…

The jazz of physics, the physics of jazz, the chemistry of jazz, the jazz of chemistry, the jazz of computer science, the computer science of jazz, the math of jazz, the jazz of math, the jazz of biology, the biology of jazz, the jazz of engineering, the engineering of jazz. And why not the jazz…

What About the Planet? Partisan polarization on climate change is worse than ever Three things Ottawa should do to fight climate change It’s Happening Now: Climate Change Is Killing Off the Yellow Cedar ‘Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice’ Could Ontario’s climate strategy trigger an industrial exodus? Why…

100 Greatest Music Books of All Time Does the music business need musicianship not to speak ill of the dead.. but.. on the demise of other music What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now Why record stores mattered How Miles Davis remade jazz over and over again The Electric Surge of…

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…

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