Julie Payette: Engineer, Astronaut, Governor General of Canada, Defender of Reality
14 November 2017 | 3:58 pm

Julie Payette is about as ridiculously accomplished as you could ever imagine any person could be. I like this short passage as a quick summary of awesomeness: In her career and public life, Julie Payette has proven her mettle, intelligence and integrity time after time. An engineer, computer scientist and astronaut, she has flown commercial […]

Science in Canada: Save PEARL, The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory
26 September 2017 | 2:59 pm

Deja vu all over again. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Canadian science under the Harper government from 2006 to 2015 was a horrific era of cuts and closures and muzzling and a whole lot of other attack on science. One of the most egregious was the threat to […]

The Trump War on Science: Daring blindness, Denying climate change, Destroying the EPA and other daily disasters
11 September 2017 | 7:20 pm

The last one of these was in mid-June, so we're picking up all the summer stories of scientific mayhem in the Trump era. The last couple of months have seemed especially apocalyptic, with Nazis marching in the streets and nuclear war suddenly not so distant a possibility. But along with those macro-level issues, Trump and […]


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