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Deep sea Cnidarian

There are approximately 9,000 species of Cnidarians. They are familiar to us as jellyfish and corals and one of the characteristics of the phylum is the nematocysts that can inject poison through human skin making the pelagic types the bane of swimmers … Continue reading

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Bathroom Breaks in Movies

With Season 4 of the Game of Thrones behind us, we realize that people only use the toilet in movies when the plot demands it. In fact, without doing a count, I suspect people have sex more often than they … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the more popular forms of CAM and is often touted by practitioners as being risk free. The truth is something else. The latest criticism comes from a study published in PLOS One. The authors describe 30 … Continue reading

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The Need For Vaccines

Vaccine deniers are increasing in number in Canada and the US; countries that have not seen the major impact of preventable diseases in a couple of generations. In some parts of the world, people are not so fortunate. Polio was … Continue reading

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No physicists were harmed in the making of this video. 

Sarah Donner bills herself as a singer/songwriter/creative type. Her music is quirky and often related to science, in a roundabout peripheral way. Here are a couple of videos from her YouTube channel. The Rebuttal of Schrödinger’s Cat

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Dumbo’s Feather

Many of us remember the Disney movie Dumbo starring the flying elephant.  Dumbo’s buddy, Timothy Q Mouse, realized that the only thing holding Dumbo back was his lack of self-confidence and tricked him into believing the power came from a magic feather. … Continue reading

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More on MacKay

Here’s a bit of follow-up to the comments of Justice Minister Peter Mackay I wrote about yesterday.  It didn’t take very long for The Toronto Star to find some people who strongly disagree, not only with MacKay’s tone, but also with … Continue reading

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Peter MacKay Justice Minister. Is he racist and sexist?

My first introduction to Peter MacKay was back in 2003 when he became leader of the progressive Conservative party of Canada partly by making promises that he would not attempt a merger with the then Canadian Alliance party. That promise … Continue reading

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A Quick look at the effects of unintended pregnancies

I think it’s safe to assume that most women make the decision to terminate a pregnancy because the pregnancy was unintended. Some, of course, make the decision due to health concerns. Some of the reasons given for making the decision include: … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk GMOs

Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of childhood blindness and death worldwide. While rare in the developed world, it is a chronic and severe problem in many areas.  An estimated 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient and it … Continue reading

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