World's Fair

Archives for April, 2008

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion Richard Powers, in his debut novel Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, constructs a story…

I wrote about this over at Terry, but will reprint here as well This is interesting, if not a bit alarming. Essentially, this story follows a trail of individuals that even Kevin Bacon would be proud of. The cast includes: a UBC student, her sister (also a UBC student), a senior level biology course, the…

This post was written by guest blogger Wyatt Galusky.* The future of meat? (image source) So, it’s come to this. PETA has just announced a $1 million reward for the first group to make in vitro meat edible and tasty. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have decided that, in lieu of turning…

The Washington Post ran an excellent story on Mountaintop Removal (MTR) in West Virginia on the front page of this week’s Sunday paper. The story is notable for several reasons. “This area once was once an open valley with a stream.” Image credit: Michael Williamson, Washington Post.

Today at the SCQ, there’s an awesome piece that imagines Charles Darwin being brought back to life for next year’s bicentennial celebration. As well, the piece is written in the context of him checking out the proposed (and, hopefully by then, built) replica of the H.M.S. Beagle. Better still, it’s being presented as a pin-up…

About a month ago, I was lucky enough to partake in a speaker event, where noted economist Paul Collier gave a great talk. Who is Paul Collier? Two titles to throw at you: Professor of Economics, in the Oxford University Economics Department; as well as the Director of the Centre for the Study of African…

Presumably, art and sciences interact a little like this? The Science Creative Literacy Symposia is a new fieldtrip program offered at the University of British Columbia, and is designed to provide an engaging outreach experience for students at the Grade 6/7 level. Here, the intent is to combine elements of science exploration with expository creative…

Recently, I picked up a copy of the latest 3×3 Annual (No. 4 to be exact), and was perusing through the great artwork that it compiles. Here the entries (about 250 pages worth) are essentially on display via a competition format, and if looking at a wonderful array of graphics is your kind of thing,…

Long time since we had an alternative sponsor, and just at the time I’ve been starting to wonder if The World’s Fair should remain part of the scienceblogs collective. With the Dow Chemical ads back, we also took note of more recent news on the morally debased position the company takes with respect to its…

This post was written by new World’s Fair guest blogger Rachel Carr.^ “You’ve heard of Le Laboratoire, of course?” We would have, had we been keeping up with NPR, Science, the LA Times, or, er, The World’s Fair. Evidently, most of us gathered to hear Jonah Lehrer discuss his new book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist,…