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Posts Tagged ‘science’

What’s Up Wednesdays: Living Social

March 2nd, 2016

We’re getting social with this week’s speedlink. Starting things off is a riveting interview by Joseph Planta from The Commentary as he chats with Vancity Buzz Editor-in-Chief Farhan Mohamed. They talk about the nature of the online publication and how it’s neither a blog nor a traditional newspaper. They also discuss the recent Pacific Centre […]

Getting Schooled: My #VanScienceSocial Field Trip

February 25th, 2016

The public perception of people who are good at or — gasp! perish the thought — actually enjoy studying science used to be quite negative. You’re a dweeb. You’re a nerd. You’re a socially inept dork who cannot function around normal people. Thankfully, attitudes are definitely shifting and public interest in science, even if you […]

Combining Nature with Science for Better Health Outcomes

June 16th, 2014

Science is a wonderful and glorious thing. It is through science that we have been able to rid the world of some terrible diseases and it is through science that our lives have been enriched with technology. As Dr. Michio Kaku once said, “Let us hope that we can wield the sword of science with […]

Why I Love and Hate Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson

March 28th, 2014

I’m a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson. He’s charismatic, he’s entertaining, and he is genuinely enamored with science. That sense of excitement and enthusiasm is positively contagious, making all of us just as interested and just as captivated by the universe around us. And that’s why I was so stoked when I heard that […]

8 Modern Conveniences We Have Because of the Space Program

December 2nd, 2013

When people think of NASA, the European Space Agency and other similar organizations around the world, they usually envision these ambitious missions to Mars. They see the International Space Station and they gaze at the Curiosity Rover, but many people fail to realize the tight connection between what we see way out there and what […]

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC

February 28th, 2013

Most people think of universities as places for higher education, but they’re so much more than that. They can be primarily centres of academic research, but sometimes they open up that research to the wider community. That is the case with the relatively new Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the University of British Columbia Point Grey […]

Sunday Snippet: Dr. Michio Kaku

March 25th, 2012

“Of course, science is a double-edged sword; it creates as many problems as it solves, but always on a higher level. There are two competing trends in the world today: one is to create a planetary civilization that is tolerant, scientific, and prosperous, but the other glorifies anarchy and ignorance that could rip the fabric […]

Grammar 101: Decontamination Terms

June 28th, 2011

Many words in the English language may have seemingly similar meanings, but this does not mean that you can use these words interchangeably. Venomous and poisonous do not have the same definition, so it’s important to know which word to use when. Similarly, many of the terms that you may encounter related to decontamination have […]