World's Fair

Archives for September, 2007

O.K. I have a few minutes to scribble some stuff here, so here goes. I’ve had a chance to tour Harbin a little more the last little while, and the one thing I can state is that it is a seriously big city. I guess you get use to hearing about Shanghai and Beijing being…

Our local paper reported the sad, sad news that famed anti-global warming enthusiast and industry hack Patrick Michaels “quietly left his position over the summer” as the Virginia state climatologist. (With apologies for formatting — the Sb folks haven’t yet invented the mock font yet, so you can’t tell the “sad, sad” was actually composed…

(I didn’t actually see this sign, which I got via Shelley, but I put it up because my talk later today will actually break rule number 3.) Well, I’ve been in China for the better part of three days now, having spent a few hours in Shanghai, and the remainder of my time in Harbin…

Sixteen Reasons Why Commuting Is Cool

I thought this blog post was pretty refreshing and kind of a nice way to look at things. It starts: When people hear that I spend two hours each way commuting to UBC from Surrey every day, the most common question is: but why? When the train broke down today, and it took over three…

Me, plant genomics, and North China.

Well, I’m off to north China next week, although unlike Nigeria, it sounds like I’ll be wired in and still able to contribute to the blog. Specifically, I’m heading to the Northeast Forestry University in Harbin to give a few talks on molecular genomics, particularly in terms of how it can be used as a…

One of the first things that a newborn experiences is not necessarily the warmth and scent of the mother’s embrace, but rather a series of pokes and pricks to ascertain health and mental alertness. It therefore seems to me that a natural progression of this trend is to incorporate the highest medical predictive technology into…

This post was written by guest blogger Wyatt Galusky.* Epilogue: Further Hauntings To prove that, in some very profound way, I remain myself haunted by the thoughts I engaged here earlier — on mystery, monsters, and ghosts — I thought it prudent (somehow) to offer an epilogue. This comes in the form of two novels…

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about good old 0.7%. This is the hallmark figure suggested by Pearson as a target for foreign aid to developing nations. In other words, the main idea is that wealthy nations do something nice and set aside about 0.7% of the gross domestic product, so that the sorts of…

Specifically, this pretty one: Very nicely done biography of Charles Darwin, presented in the children’s book genre, that also happens to be pretty enough for the coffee table (more info about the book here). Basically, the SCQ is hoping to give away a science themed hardcopy children’s book each month. All you have to do…