Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Our perceptual filters shape the world

    Our perceptual filters shape the world

    August 27, 2008

    If presented with the autopsied brains of a diverse array of people, no expert would be able to distinguish from the brains' anatomy or neurocircuitry the gender, religion, or socio-economic... More »

  • Photo: New science looks at big picture for the future

    New science looks at big picture for the future

    August 19, 2008

    If we want to protect an endangered animal such as the woodland caribou, we have to do more than just study the animal in isolation. We must understand how it... More »

  • Photo: Scheer determination transforms Germany's energy grid

    Scheer determination transforms Germany's energy grid

    August 15, 2008

    In 2005, I attended an international conference in Montreal on the Kyoto Protocol. There, I heard a speech by German parliamentarian Hermann Scheer. I knew nothing about him, but as... More »

  • Photo: Keeping the true north strong and free - from our own footprint

    Keeping the true north strong and free — from our own footprint

    August 8, 2008

    Are Canadian politicians finally paying serious attention to the environment? Recent events and announcements give us reason for optimism. Last week, we wrote about the federal Sustainable Development Act and... More »

  • Photo: All parties get in on the Act

    All parties get in on the Act

    August 1, 2008

    In a democracy, politicians from various parties debate to make their vision the one that guides the country. The hope is that when the debate concludes we end up going... More »

  • Photo: At home with nature

    At home with nature

    July 25, 2008

    Life is believed to have arisen on Earth some four billion years ago. DNA probes reveal that humans originated as a species in Africa some 150,000 years ago, which makes... More »

  • Photo: B.C.'s biodiversity is important for all of Canada

    B.C.'s biodiversity is important for all of Canada

    July 18, 2008

    One of my proudest moments came in 1992 at the inaugural Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (which in turn led... More »

  • Photo: When good elements go bad

    When good elements go bad

    July 11, 2008

    If you've been following news about the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, you may have seen photos of thousands of workers trying to clean huge swaths of algae from the waters... More »

  • Photo: Let's clear the air on carbon taxes

    Let's clear the air on carbon taxes

    July 4, 2008

    I admit: we aren't 100 per cent sure that human activity is causing global warming. So let's all go home in our SUVs and join an "axe the tax" campaign.... More »

  • Photo: What a difference 50 years makes

    What a difference 50 years makes

    June 27, 2008

    Last month, I attended the 50th anniversary of my college graduation. A week later, I celebrated my grandson's graduation from high school. I don't think I was much different from... More »