During this past winter, Atoms and Numbers saw an incredible spike in traffic to my post on chemical-free chemistry sets. Most of the additional visitors came from Facebook, and due to their privacy setup, I could not locate the posts that generated the traffic, but I trust the readers enjoyed that post. I reread that post… Read more Why is a dog eating chemical-free deodorant?
As I am typing these words, I am at the end of a wonderful Christmas week in a house full of parents, and thankfully with heat and light after 32 hours without power in the aftermath of Ice Storm 2013. The picture below shows the tree damage in my backyard, which will have to be… Read more Closing the book on a fantastical 2013
I have been publishing on Atoms and Numbers website for over two years, and I greatly enjoy this as a hobby. If you like writing, and you are curious about or excited by the idea of writing about science for a worldwide audience, then you may have considered starting a science blog. There are many articles… Read more My top ten tips for starting a science blog
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
I am 6 business days into my new job in Toronto, and I am loving it. After 3 1/2 years of working from my home basement office, doing some consulting work and pondering business ideas, it is great to be actually going to the office in the morning, being around intelligent and friendly people for… Read more Taking stock of new opportunities
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?
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield, six months out of his recent closely-followed odyssey to the International Space Station, has written a book titled An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – a book which is now at the top of my reading list. He is promoting his book across North America, and this past Friday… Read more 30 minutes with Chris Hadfield
Newfoundland is one of only two Canadian provinces that I’ve never visited, along with Saskatchewan. Among many things, Newfoundland is known for its odd time zone – Newfoundland Time is UTC-3:30 in Winter, UTC-2:30 in Summer; one-half hour ahead of Atlantic Time, and 1.5 hours ahead of Official Canadian Time (aka Eastern Time). Despite having… Read more Time to think about time in Newfoundland…
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
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