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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: GO ON, SAY ‘YES’ TO RESEARCH – I DID!

1990 was a desperate year in our family. Our son Nicholas was two years old and in great distress with pain and vomiting. A few months earlier, we’d opted for a surgical procedure to treat severe gastro reflux which unleashed a storm of terrible symptoms. Our doctor recorded Nick’s condition this way: “Nicholas has significant . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: GO ON, SAY ‘YES’ TO RESEARCH – I DID!

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American

The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality Source: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American   I don’t normally post anything on my blog other than my own original articles and essays… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

  Here’s a thorny, delicate, controversial subject – but then again, when have I ever been known to shy away from such things? Peoples’ lives and well-being are at stake. We cannot afford to be tepid, mousey or weak-minded. Accor… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

Things Are Good: A Space Race Approach to Fighting Climate Change

Here’s a neat idea: save the planet using the research and development practices used during the space race. The state-lead push for advanced science led to really fun things like cellphones and laser eye surgery. Imagine what we as a species could create if we had the same push into sustainability like we did during […]

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Things Are Good: Support The Experimental Lakes Area

The Experimental Lakes Area has suffered greatly from the Canadian government’s anti-science funding policies and has luckily been saved by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. To ensure that further damage can’t come from the ideologically-driven and anti-environment Conservative Party the ELA has turned to crowd funding to survive.

Last year, The Walrus . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Support The Experimental Lakes Area

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupying Homelessness?

Homelessness isn’t a policy thing regarding random people. It’s a thing for actual people. It’s not abstract, it’s in our face, yet we live in denial.

Clearly, I’m no brain surgeon. But if there are homeless people, a civilized culture would find a way to use a progressive tax system to house them. . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Occupying Homelessness?

Melissa Fong: Getting drunk will get you raped = How you should NOT interpret this data

… Now, I know a lot of people are going to interpret this data wrongly. You are going to be tempted to think, “Well, more reason to act like a proper lady and not get drunk at bars. If you don’t get drunk, you won’t be taken advantage of.” This would be the wrong conclusion. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Getting drunk will get you raped = How you should NOT interpret this data

Things Are Good: Decrease Blood Pressure By Simply Changing Your Diet

I love knowledge and it’s exciting that a meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine has concluded that a vegetarian diet is perfect for decreasing blood pressure!Meta-analysis of research data is the assessment of a multiple research papers related to the same issue and sometimes the meta-analysis can disprove existing assumptions, in this case the meta-analysis confirms . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Decrease Blood Pressure By Simply Changing Your Diet

Things Are Good: Play a Game and Help Cure Cancer

This month Cancer Research UK released a game that helped scientists find a cure for cancer. It takes the obscure data that needs to be analyzed and translates that into a fun little game which can be played on Android or Apple devices. The aggregate data of players help scientists understand what’s going on . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Play a Game and Help Cure Cancer

Things Are Good: Using Drones For Studying Ecologies

Drones are popularly associated with American air strikes on civilians and thus have a negative reputation. The technology underlying the drones can be used for good though. One example of a good use of drones is for aerial surveillance of plants and animals in hard to access/expensive areas.

What are our forests really made . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Using Drones For Studying Ecologies

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids, adults used as nutritional experiment subjects

In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids and adults were used as unwitting subjects of nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats during and after World War II, The Canadian Press reported Tuesday.

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elementalpresent: Who’s Driving? A Response to 4Front Atlantic’s GPS for Atlantic Canada

What we are all looking for…is the readymade, competent man [sic]; the man whom some one else has trained. It is only when we fully realize that our duty, as well as our opportunity, lies in systematically cooperating to train and to make this competent man, instead of in hunting for a man whom . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: Who’s Driving? A Response to 4Front Atlantic’s GPS for Atlantic Canada

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Timeline of Conservatives’ Deeds Against Science

In the Confessions of a Science Librarian blog, John Dupuy writes about the Harper Conservatives’ war against science. He’s logged and linked activities from 2006 to 2013 that show how the Conservatives have muzzled, cut budgets, and otherwise attacked Canada’s scientific research programs. The article is good, the situation is awful. But one area that . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Timeline of Conservatives’ Deeds Against Science

The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for children’s well-being, says UNICEF report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to tackling child poverty, obesity and related well-being issues, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN children’s agency. The Innocenti Report Card 11 by UNICEF’s Research Office also reveals that the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for children’s well-being, says UNICEF report

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Award-winning McGill Prof to bring climate-change lessons out of the lab

Researcher to share environmental insights through video series By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: McGill University Biology Professor Catherine Potvin, a renowned expert on climate change and tropical-forest ecology, will begin sharing insights from her laboratory’s research, according to a press release issued Tuesday. The information will be shared through a novel series […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Facilities Pollute Athabasca River: Ecojustice

By: EcoJustice (Press Release) | Mar 5, 2013: EDMONTON — Ecojustice, armed with research that shows how toxic oilsands emissions are contaminating the Athabasca River, has called on the federal government to investigate whether oilsands operators have violated the Fisheries Act. “Canadians have the right to know how oilsands production impacts our air, water and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Facilities Pollute Athabasca River: Ecojustice

Things Are Good: Open-Access Science Growing in Reach

Many academic journals charge a subscription fee that is out of reach for the common person, which means that independent researchers and students are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing information. Elementa aims to make research about the anthropocene era we’re in freely accessible for everyone.

Elementa follows the example of organizations . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Open-Access Science Growing in Reach

The Canadian Progressive: Canada has a $145 billion infrastructure underfunding crisis: study

by Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives | Jan. 24, 2013: OTTAWA— Underinvestment in infrastructure is not a crisis but a chronic problem in Canada, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by economist and CCPA Research Associate Hugh Mackenzie, reveals the extent of underinvestment in infrastructure over the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada has a $145 billion infrastructure underfunding crisis: study

Death By Trolley: How are Psychology PhDs doing on the job market?

I am a reformed and rehabilitated ex-academic. In my previous life, I aspired to be a professor of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science. I described my experiences in the academic stream in a series entitled The Grad School Gospels. In The Grad School Gospels I have been pessimistic about the value of most Psychology graduate . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: How are Psychology PhDs doing on the job market?

The Scott Ross: Cold Conservatism & Canada Without A Jacket

Most Canadian kids don’t leave home without their mother telling them, “Don’t forget your jacket.” Always offering the reminder so her child doesn’t catch a cold. Canada may not have a mother looking out for us, at least on this continent, but Stephen Harper is a big boy and he should know better that in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Cold Conservatism & Canada Without A Jacket

The Scott Ross: Canada Is R&D-ing A Decline, With Graphs

In 2006 Canada was spending 2% of its Gross Domestic Product on R&D. In 2012 it will spend just 1.69%.

While a large portion of the decline is due to the business sector spending less on R&D, the current Conservative government has responded by cutting its own share of spending while also reducing incentives . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Is R&D-ing A Decline, With Graphs

Exponential Book: What do you look for (part two)?

Having expounded in my previous post what kind of person I look for, when serving on the search committee for a tenure-track hire, now it is time to list the criteria that I adopt to try and spot my ideal candidate, as I go through application packages (APs). I am going to state upfront that, . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: What do you look for (part two)?

Exponential Book: What do you look for (part one) ?

I am a faculty member in a university physics department, who finds himself periodically involved in faculty searches and hires. How do I evaluate the curriculum vitae of an applicant for a tenure-track position? What do I look for, and what are the red flags? Does it really boil down to counting (first-authored) articles, impact . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: What do you look for (part one) ?

The Scott Ross: A Conservative Canada Is An Uncompetitive One

It’s odd that Conservatives advocate competition in the economy when under this Conservative government our economy has only become less competitive.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recently lowered Canada’s ranking in global economic competitiveness from 12th last year to 14th place in 2012. This has been part of a steady decline since 2009 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Conservative Canada Is An Uncompetitive One

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Someone is wrong on the internet

I discovered an entertaining site recently called Skeptic North. It’s a Canadian equivalent to several similar sites and blogs I read that are mostly American-based. It challenges popular assumptions, ideas, trends and pseudoscience and other claptrap. In a Canadian way, … Continue reading →