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…

T is for Trendy

iPads, aviator glasses, the fake hippy look, Justin Beiber (??). All popular trends of the past few years. At least I think so, not being so trendy myself. 🙂 But if you thought science was immune to trends and trendiness – think again. On one of my (many) job interviews, I was asked what kind…

Less is more part II

2. Paper writing The scientific process involves scientists who test hypotheses. This leads to developing theories. Eventually, with enough testing, theories can be proven as fact. But this process needs inputs from us: things like our experimental design (including how we collected and analyzed data) so that others can repeat the same study and try…