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Archives for September, 2008

This one’s about integrity, oversight, and endocrine disruption and how the tangled web grows bigger by the day. It’s a guest post by Jody Roberts, of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. – – – Two news stories in last week’s edition of Chemical and Engineering News perfectly demonstrate the complex interweaving of technical, social, and political…

ELIZABETH MAY: Ooh oh – I know this one: Something to do with the colour green. That’s right. Wasn’t she in Anne of Green Gables? “Oh Elizabeth May, I do believe that your frock is on backwards, which is not the impression of civility one wants to make in Cape Breton.” (or something like that).…

My daughter recently bought a copy of Archie’s Pals’n’Gals Double Digest (#124), and lo and behold the first story is about the kids from Riverdale thinking up things to reduce carbon emissions for a school contest. Anyway, the gradient from how Betty carries herself and how Veronica looks at things is intriguing, and I thought…

Last week, my daughter had her seventh birthday party, and it makes my heart swell to tell you that she wanted to have it at my lab this year. So what to do? What to do? With 15 or so six/seven year olds in a full on laboratory settng. Well, thankfully, this is where ScienceBlogs…

And yet it continues. I’m so naïve. I was astonished several months ago to note that the same food miles and local food conversation was going on and on. But here it is again. The same one. Anew. Again. More. the. Same. (from a study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 2001-2002)

Green Roofs = Good Idea Too

“Construction of green roofs grew 30 percent in North America last year,” reports the Chicago Tribune. (image credit: G. Paul Burnett/The New York Times) White roofs, green roofs, what can I say? My grandfather was a roofer.

White Roof = Better Than Dark Roof

More low technology solutions to energy problems. Just ask guest blogger Jody, he’s always going on about this. Or Isaac Newton. He knew something about light. Here’s an L.A. Times story,”To slow global warming, install white roofs,” reporting on it.

Assorted Rays: Ranked According to Coolness

Speaking of Sting Rays. I just remembered that a while back, I wrote a humour piece specifically on rays. Here it is reprinted below. ASSORTED RAYS: RANKED ACCORDING TO COOLNESS 6. Ray Romano Is it just me or is this guy too funny? I mean, that thing he does with his TV mom and wife…

Drinks! Vancouver! ScienceBlogs!

Just a reminder that Jennifer and I will be hosting drinks at Koerner’s pub this evening. We’ll be there from about 6pm on. Come on out on Seed’s dime – should be fun. And just in case, you don’t know what we look like, Jennifer has her picture on her blog, and I look like…

Again with the Canadian politics… STEPHANE DION: Well, this is a treat – somebody really famous is in the race. Let me be the first to say that having that awesome soprano voice and being able to hit 4 to 5 octave range is just amazing. I mean that song in Titanic was certainly popular…