Science Matters archives

  • Photo: The ugly truth about cosmetic pesticides

    The ugly truth about cosmetic pesticides

    March 28, 2008

    A real estate agent once visited me at home and offered to sell my house. I was tempted for about a nanosecond before turning him down cold. The house where... More »

  • Photo: Selective Information Overload

    Selective Information Overload

    March 21, 2008

    The most powerful force shaping our lives is science, especially when it's applied by medicine, the military and corporations. All too often, new technologies become part of our lives without... More »

  • Photo: Fast-forwarding through the hyper-real

    Fast-forwarding through the hyper-real

    March 14, 2008

    Last month, I attended a talk by former-UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair. I don't agree with him on everything but he is an excellent speaker — animated, articulate, and thoughtful.... More »

  • Photo: It's all about the biosphere

    It's all about the biosphere

    March 7, 2008

    All life exists is the biosphere, the zone of air, water and land that envelops the planet. We often think of the atmosphere as extending to the heavens when in... More »

  • Photo: Fixing the world's broken thermostat

    Fixing the world's broken thermostat

    February 29, 2008

    There has been a lot of talk in Canada lately about the need to develop technological innovations that address global warming. After all, since humans cause global warming by burning... More »

  • Photo: The Truth about Carbon Offsets

    The Truth about Carbon Offsets

    February 22, 2008

    You may have been hearing a lot about carbon offsets, or 'carbon credits', lately. They've become a must-have accessory for individuals and organizations who want to fight climate change and... More »

  • Photo: Kilroy was here

    Kilroy was here

    February 15, 2008

    Well, it seems we've finally done it. Humanity has finally made its mark — our own little place in history. Even if we, as a species, snuff ourselves out now,... More »

  • Photo: Fill 'er up with switchgrass

    Fill 'er up with switchgrass

    February 8, 2008

    Not long ago, the question at the pump was always, "regular or unleaded?" Today, leaded gasoline isn't even an option in most developed countries. And with the need to drastically... More »

  • Photo: Where do our leaders stand on science?

    Where do our leaders stand on science?

    February 1, 2008

    From all the election hoopla in the United States, Canadians would be forgiven for thinking that our American friends were about to head to the polls tomorrow, not in November.... More »

  • Photo: Big herbivores keep ants and trees together

    Big herbivores keep ants and trees together

    January 25, 2008

    If you thought your relationships were complicated, try being an acacia tree; or an ant, or a large herbivore. Nature, it turns out, is full of complicated relationships. And we... More »