Should science communication be funny?

by RaymondsBrain Raymond Nakamura

Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor The most exciting phrase in science is not “Eureka!” but, “That’s funny.” — Isaac Asimov When I contribute a post to a science blog, I usually add a comic, hoping some humour will make the article more attractive and engaging. But I often receive more positive comments about the comics […]

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Reflections of a Science Borealis subject editor

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society editor I started at Science Borealis in winter 2016, when I was four months into my Masters program. There was a call for subject editors; I looked at several positions, and ended up in the Science in Society role, where I’ve been for more than three years. Here, I’ll try […]

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Technology in health care: Essential but costly

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Robert Gooding-Townsend and Braydon Black, Science in Society co-editors On April 23, 2019, the federal government announced an $81-million initiative to allow researchers to analyze health data across provinces. Dr. Kim McGrail, at the University of British Columbia, will lead The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Data Platform. According to the website, SPOR “will […]

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How we remember: The intriguing case of HM

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor HM is not, as you might think, a clothing store. He is instead one of the most celebrated patients in neuroscience – a key case study in our understanding of how the brain encodes memory. However, the lessons his case can teach us about memory extend far beyond the […]

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La montée des prix de l’essence révèle les algorithmes régissant le capitalisme

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, éditeur Science et Société Vers la fin de février, le prix de l’essence à Vancouver a dépassé les 1.50$ le litre, ce qui représente une augmentation de 20¢ en seulement deux semaines. La cause de cette augmentation est la fermeture d’une raffinerie importante à Burnaby. Au même moment, Taiwan connaissait une pénurie de […]

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