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Science Media Centre of Canada newsletter

I’ve been editing the weekly (bi-weekly in summer) newsletter for science journalists in Canada since February 2018. The newsletter shares with authorized subscribers the Science Media Centre’s top newsworthy picks, with pithy descriptions, from among all the embargoed articles on Eurekalert and peer-reviewed journal sites by Canadian researchers that are Read more →

Chanterelle mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of a mycorrhizal fungus. Photo © Charle de Mille-Isles via flickr/Creative Commons

Scooping the dirt on soil

November 29—Celebrating a three-tined tribute to the stuff that makes gardens grow seems odd at this time of year. But Global Soil Week, punctuates the end of the U.N.’s International Year of Soils and ends in a trifecta with Saturday’s World Soil Day, relates as much to winter here as Read more →

Seeing a patient. Photo © Seattle Municipal Archives

Hollywood dramas influence real-world medical practice

I recently asked Nature Boy when he had last seen a doctor. He answered, “Not since the final season of House M.D.” Other British Columbians share a similar rate of exposure to medical practice. Most of us are more familiar with characters who take medical license on TV than with Read more →

Carolling. Photo © Dwight Sipler, via flickr and creative commons

Consider the messages in holiday carols played in minor keys

“This qualifies as a barbaric cultural practice,” Nature Boy said the other day when we were grocery shopping. “I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels deep and lasting psychological distress at being subjected to holiday carols non-stop from November 1 through December.” He paused to survey the candy-cane Read more →

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