Some thoughts on the NDP’s proposed Independent Science Officer

During the Canadian Science Policy Conference on Thursday, NDP Science Critic Kennedy Stewart announced that he would table a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons, calling for the creation of an Independent Science Officer to “provide science-based advice to members of Parliament and to vet federal science and technology policies.” According to CBC… Read more Some thoughts on the NDP’s proposed Independent Science Officer

Are funding cuts to universities causing a surplus of PhD scientists?

In recent years, much has been made about the tight job market for scientists with PhDs.  In Canada, it is said that funding cuts to researchers and to universities in general, combined with the accelerated churning out of doctoral students, has left many science PhDs looking for work outside of academia, or out of work, period. This… Read more Are funding cuts to universities causing a surplus of PhD scientists?

A story about when oxygen first accumulated in the atmosphere, and killed many organisms

A recent article in Nature, led by Sean Crowe from the University of British Columbia, has posited that oxygen may have first appeared in significant concentrations in the atmosphere 3 billion years ago, much further back than the accepted estimates of 2.3 billion years ago.  This article has received some coverage in the mainstream media,… Read more A story about when oxygen first accumulated in the atmosphere, and killed many organisms

Numbers of Atoms: Spectrophotometry – from Kool-Aid to Beer

This Numbers of Atoms series will explore spectroscopy – the interaction of matter and radiated energy – as a powerful tool for qualitative and quantitative analysis.  The radiated energy involved is usually electromagnetic radiation, but it can also be radioactive nuclei or magnetic fields.  Matter interacts with this energy by absorbed or scattered it, or… Read more Numbers of Atoms: Spectrophotometry – from Kool-Aid to Beer