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Orion nebula. Photo © NASA

Night-sky marathon draws hardy enthusiasts

Next weekend, a few hardy members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Victoria chapter will mark the start of spring with a little-known ritual. Clear skies willing, they will stay up until dawn on Sunday to participate in an astronomical test of endurance, knowledge and night-sky navigation skills. Their 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 →

Royal Roads shoreline outside Esquimalt Lagoon. Photo © David Stanley via flickr and Creative Commons. www.southpacific.org

Slip, slide and shimmy: Earthquakes on the West Coast

The year has begun amidst a series of earth-shaking events. Three earthquakes were reported for the Vancouver Island region on January 2. The biggest, at magnitude 5.4, occurred 211 kilometres west of Port Hardy, while two smaller tremblers occurred west of Port Alberni. Five days later, a 4.8-magnitude quake west Read more →

Checking email. Photo © www.buzzfarmers.com, via flickr and Creative Commons

Habits made possible by same processes that allow us to walk, talk, chew gum at same time

When he was younger and had more hair, Nature Boy often marked this time of year by resolving to break annoying habits. These included snacking between meals, spending too much time onscreen, sleeping until the last possible minute before getting up and getting ready for work, and so on. Year Read more →

Table Setting 74. Photo © Didriks, via Creative Commons and flickr. www.didriks.com

Table settings affect perception and enjoyment of food served

“I’m setting out the small dinner plates,” Nature Boy announced the other evening as we prepared to welcome guests. “It will help pace us through the meal.” Nature Boy recently assumed responsibility for setting the table for evening meals. With meals round these parts typically being the quick and informal Read more →