1000 Simple Words

This is an impromptu blog post as part of the discussion going on over at Highly Allochthonous. Researchers are using this easy online text editor to describe their research in 1000 common words. The editor will squawk when you use a word that’s ‘un’ common (e.g., snow (!)).


Mountain Streams: Observing Differences

People who spend a lot of time around streams and rivers – fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or just being – know how to ‘read’ these watercourses, whether it’s to find the best fishing holes or to pick the best line to run a set of rapids. Even just to find the perfect spot where the rush…


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…


S is for Snow

Of course I would pick snow as the ā€˜sā€™ word. Snow has been part of my vocabulary since I learned to talk. Growing up in northern Canada, we had snow days that heralded a much-welcome break from school, with snowball fights and snow shoveling (less exciting). We went cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, tobogganing and ice…