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Meteor show. Photo © NASA

Watch for celestial cookie crumbs this season

Watching the night sky from the western edge of the continent at this latitude at this time of year presents a gamble. Announcements that a full moon would light the way for midnight mass-goers this year overlooked our forecast rain showers and our understandable preference for warm, lit, cosy quarters 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 →

Zombies. Photo © Gianluca Ramalho Misiti, via flickr and Creative Commons; www.facebook.com.grmisiti

Infectious disease plays starring role in pop culture

Nature Boy lurches into the kitchen. Flu-ridden, his eyes are puffy and bloodshot, snot bubbles at his nostrils, and he breathes noisily through his mouth. “Can I get you something?” I ask. He reaches towards me, croaking something. “I’m sorry, did you just say ‘brains’?” _______________ Infectious disease plays a Read more →

Dog Mountain Fire, Vancouver Island, July 2015. Photo © BCFLNR2015

B.C.’s wildfires have long-range effects

For a week, Nature Boy gasped and panted under dense skies. He flopped from sweaty seat to shade-enshrouded room in search of hints of coolness. He marveled at a sun that glowed orange throughout the day and lit everything with a buttery, evening light at midday. The hot weather over Read more →

Single-serving bags of chips. Photo © m01229, via flickr and Creative Commons

High-tech tools provide insights into consumers’ brains

Nature Boy waved a bag of potato chips at me. “No, thanks. I’m not hungry,” I said. “But when you see this bag, how do you feel? Do you feel a twinge of guilt? Do you feel nostalgic?” “Actually, right now, I feel puzzled and exasperated….” Nature Boy’s household psychological Read more →

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