Japan video diary

Had to use my phone to record the narration, because my precious audio recorder is broken… I’m going to send it for repair as soon as I have time to go to the post office, but that might not be until Friday the 13th. Hm, hope that doesn’t mean the…

Mammoth!

Science news reporting is generally slow. Unlike sports reporting, for example, you won’t hear something until months after it happened. Today, the New York Times reports on the exciting find of a mammoth underneath a Los Angeles parking garage, but this mammoth was actually found as early as 2007. I…

Pit 91

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…

Carbon offsets and flying

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…

Images of Science – La Brea Tar Pits

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…

Algonquin Geology

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…

The Green Roof at MEC

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…

The Virtual Oxford Science Walk

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…