Illegal logging

How Old Cell Phones Will Save the Forests of Our World

August 11, 2014 – A Kickstarter campaign, for a project called the Rainforest Connection, has received $167,000 U.S. recently. Its goal – reduce illegal cutting of forests ... Continue Reading →
purple petunia RNAi

More on the Ebola Front – Another Drug in Clinical Trial

August 9, 2014 – A suspected Ebola patient has appeared thousands of kilometers away from West Africa here in the Greater Toronto Area. The patient was admitted to a hospital ... Continue Reading →
IBM.SyNapse

New IBM Chip Moves Artificial Intelligence One Step Closer to Us

August 8, 2014 – The chip is name SyNapse and it uses a million digital equivalents to neurons and 256 million digital equivalents to synapses. It communicates in the same way ... Continue Reading →
Ebola vaccine

Possible Biomedical Breakthroughs – Ebola, Dengue, & Alzheimer’s

August 7, 2014 -If there is one field in science and technology that is seeing demonstrable advances in the last two decades, it is biomedicine. The unlocking of the genome and advances ... Continue Reading →
Siberian methane permafrost hole

News About a Methane Bomb on the 69th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bomb

August 6, 2014 – The Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, dropped a uranium-fueled bomb on Hiroshima on this date 69 years ago. The last crew member of that fateful mission, Theodore Van ... Continue Reading →
Siding Spring Hubble image

October Rendezvous of Comet with Mars Has NASA Assets on Alert

August 5, 2014 – October 19th is the date when Comet Siding Spring makes its Mars flyby. The distance will be 132,000 kilometers (82,000 miles) from the planet’s surface. ... Continue Reading →
Rosetta

A Spacecraft Called Rosetta Meets a Comet Named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

August 4, 2014 – It has taken 10 years and a journey of 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft to achieve rendezvous ... Continue Reading →
Arctic Ocean waves

Arctic Ocean Making Waves and So is the IMF About Climate Change

August 3, 2014 – Two stories this week on climate change caught my eye. The first was a report on ocean waves in the Arctic. When you think of the Arctic Ocean you think of an ... Continue Reading →
Deepwater Horizon spill

Oil Spills, Oil Sands, Dispersants and Magnets – The Latest from the Fossil Fuel World

August 2, 2014 – Fossil fuels have been so convenient as an energy source for us for more than a century. Less messy than coal, able to be distributed through pipelines from the ... Continue Reading →
APS home-solar-panels

Solar Stories Tell Different Tales

August 1, 2014 – The Dog Days of summer have arrived here in Toronto and still with more than 14 hours in which the Sun is above the horizon I thought a few solar stories making ... Continue Reading →