Landscape in Life and Science

The course in the university calendar was titled Geography 415: Landscapes of the Heart. We snickered, incredulous that such a thing could be credited for a university degree. As undergrads – particularly ones who hadn’t learned a thing about geography until university – we didn’t fully understand the legacy of a geography education. As BSc…

From Big Science to Big Data

If you’re suffering from Higgs-Boson overload these days, don’t worry – I’ll only mention it once – I promise. The Large Hadron Collider that supported the search for the Higgs-Boson is an excellent example of Big Science, an approach that brings together a huge amount of resources and people to tackle key questions in science…

Removed from reality

I saw part of a CBC show last night where they were discussing innovations in car technology – specifically safety sensors that sense how far you are from the car ahead, or how soon you have to hit the brake to avoid hitting a car coming from the side. They had multiple examples, including Google’s…

Ever notice how conferences are like high school?

The past two weeks have been conference overload, so maybe this post arises from the inevitable post-conference brain scramble. But it’s an interesting analogy to consider, particularly while listening to music I first got hooked on in high school. Think back to the last conference you went to, and see if you can identify the…

Oh Canada

I’ve started, stopped, and tried again to write this post many times in the last few weeks. I hardly know where to begin, particularly with shocking new details appearing in the news media daily. I’m talking about the Canadian government and their ‘austerity’ measures. The pitting of the economic recovery of the country against pretty…