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Pit 91

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Pit 91, originally uploaded by Easternblot. This is Pit 91 at the La Brea Tar Pits. Visiting the pits is one of many geeky things I did on my recent vacation. The full list of science-related things I did on my trip will follow later. I think I first heard about the tar pits through the movie My Girl 2,…

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Carbon offsets and flying

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I’ve been considering buying carbon offsets for my air travel in 2007, as well as for the air travel my mom and sister did to visit me (because if I didn’t live in Canada, they wouldn’t have flown to North America at all) But carbon offsets often seem like just something to patch up your feelings of guilt about polluting.…

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Images of Science – La Brea Tar Pits

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The Pits Originally uploaded by JesApe I’m excited about the Images of Science Flickr group. There’s some neat stuff there already, and I’ll pick one or two every week to show here on the blog. This picture of the La Brea tar pits by Flickr user JesApe is one that I invited to the group, because it’s such a good…

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Algonquin Geology

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Two weeks ago my sister and I went camping about an hour’s drive away from Algonquin Provincial Park, so we went up there for a day of hiking and canoeing. The hiking trails in the park are really great, and I remembered liking the Lookout Trail the last time I was there, so we did that one. The trail is…

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The Green Roof at MEC

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No, people in Canada do not actually leave their doors unlocked all the time. Only during the annual Doors Open Toronto event, where about 150 buildings in the city offer free access to the public. The idea behind the project is to get a chance to look inside some buildings you would otherwise never go and learn something about the…

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The Virtual Oxford Science Walk

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The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford has a selection of interesting online features, including this virtual walk through Oxford, passing sites of scientific interest: The walk takes you past the laboratory of Boyle and Hooke, a penicillin memorial, Halley’s house, and more interesting sites. If you can’t make it all the way to Oxford, you can read…

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