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Archives for April, 2009

“Millions and Millions Dead”

I hadn’t seen this Onion report before — “Millions and Millions Dead” — from a decade ago, although I have referred to this report — “World Death Rate Holding Steady at 100 percent” — before (in an old post). I am thus forced to repost the graphic about world death rates, but to pair it…

Substance Abuse and Science

Here’s one from the vault. Specifically, an excerpt from Volume III of the Annals of Science, wherein we presented vignettes on auto-experimentation. We’ll offer the first two here for starters, one of which is a counter-example.

Just a quick note to say that I’m currently in Louisiana, and therefore probably won’t be blogging until I’m back in Vancouver on Wednesday. If you’re in the area, I’ll be giving a talk later today on Science Literacy – 3:30pm at the Life Sciences Annex Auditorium (A101Life Sciences). Should be fun.

Science Scout twitter feed ABSTRACT: This post will take the effort to present some points of consideration when making a “perfect mixed tape.” Data will be collected on a weekly basis, where the author, as well as the community at large, will have an opportunity to present their music choice in an attempt to build…

Science Scout twitter feed Yesterday at the SCQ, a short paper was published describing a “Kingdom Cake,” whereby the various layers represented the different kingdom designations. The cake itself was pretty cool, but made all the more impressive by its competition at a full on bake off for Darwin’s birthday back on February 12th. The…

Worth the five minutes of your time, and especially if you’re the sort who thinks music is not a worthy (educational or otherwise) endeavour. For more info go here. Oh, and by the way – Happy Earth Day… (Hat tip to Boingboing and the other 9 million folks who saw this already)

Food these days…

Sad and scary in a pretty sort of way. Just a few images pulled courtesy of the Flickr community. (lyza) If you just sit back and absorb the sentiment of these pictures, it’s a little overwhelming just how removed we can be from our food.

Science Scout twitter feed Unicorns are great. Seriously. And here I’m going to sort of think out loud and think of them in a conventional biology sort of way. You know – have a little fun evolution wise. In many respects (except for the magical powers bit) I don’t think this is necessarily too hard…

Science Scout twitter feed O.K. I’m on a bit of a roll, and definitely in the mood to write another science-y song. This time with a little crunch. Like last week, I’m hoping for readers to suggest the general comment. Hint: things like hypoxia and cannabis probably won’t fly in the fast tempo department… (Also,…