Engaging with Science Blogs: Scientists, Policymakers and Bloggers Weigh in at CPSC

Lisa Willemse and Stephanne Taylor ** ** This post was a collaborative effort among the Science Borealis CSPC panelists Amelia Buchanan, Chris Buddle, Sabrina Doyle, Paul Dufour, and moderator Brian Owens and includes input from the session attendees.  The Canadian Science Policy Conference, held in Ottawa on November 25-27 offered beleaguered scientists a refreshing and encouraging […]

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Ode to the Large Hadron Collider

Higgs

Jared Stang and Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editors Gather near and listen closely, The story isn’t crass. It’s all about new physics seen, The particle explaining mass. After analyzing first run data, Coming from the LHC, Physicists reported with joy, They made a discovery. But our story starts years earlier, In nineteen eighty-four. A workshop […]

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Canada isn’t immune to the Thirty Meter Telescope controversy

Thirty Metre Telescope

Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editor The Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) project is exactly what it says on the box: a telescope with a staggering 30 metre segmented lens, housed in an 18-storey observatory in the very early stages of construction on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i. If built, the TMT will be the largest telescope in the […]

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Radiation on Canada’s west coast: What’s the risk?

Stephanne Taylor and Jared Stang, Physics & Astronomy co-editors In 2011, a massive earthquake struck the east coast of Japan. Both the earthquake itself – and the tsunami that followed – left a wake of destruction, most famously at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three reactor cores were damaged and began to leak radiation and […]

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