Arctic ocean and oil rig

The Potential Consequences of Drilling in the Arctic for Oil

May 15, 2015 – The Arctic is icy and cold. The Arctic is in the dark for several months each year. See the picture below. This is the Arctic that President Obama has decided is ... Continue Reading →

Colorectal Cancer, Colonoscopies and Clinical Trials

May 13, 2015 – Back in April I had my five-year colonoscopy examination. I have to have it every five years because polyps have been detected during two tests. They were not cancerous ... Continue Reading →
3D printed skin

Cosmetics Giant to Partner with 3D Printer to Create Skin for Product Testing

May 13, 2015 – L’Oreal, the cosmetics company is into 3D printing seeing it as the future for skincare product testing. They have entered into a research partnership with ... Continue Reading →
Palaeocene-Eocene Earth

Have Our Cake and Eat it Too – Shell Gets Green Light to Drill in the Arctic

May 12, 2015 – Two stories appeared in today’s morning newspaper, seemingly unrelated at first glance. The first story was about new permits for oil exploration. When President ... Continue Reading →

Doing What Plants Can Do – A Revolution About to Happen?

May 11, 2015 – Replicating photosynthesis has been a dream of scientists ever since humans identified chloroplasts and chlorophyll as the mechanisms by which plants convert carbon ... Continue Reading →

New Stem Cell Discovery Could Speed Up Growing Replacement Organs

May 10, 2015 – At the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, developmental biologist Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte heads up a team studying stem cells. Their ... Continue Reading →
CO2 atmospheric levels

400 PPM CO2 Milestone No Longer Limited to Readings on Mauna Loa

May 8, 2015 – We put 32.3 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2014. That’s the same amount as 2013. In some quarters that represents progress, a plateauing ... Continue Reading →
mesenchymal stem cells

Aging Knees – Advances in Stem Cell Therapy and Blood Platelet Procedures

May 8, 2015 – A close friend of mine this week told me he is going in for knee replacement surgery next month. Also known as arthroplasty it involves replacing the knee joint ... Continue Reading →
FORT MCMURRAY, AB - JUNE 20: The Shell Oil Jackpine open pit mine uses trucks that are 3 stories tall,  weigh one million pounds, and cost 7 million dollars each. There is explosive growth in the oil field areas around Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The oil extracted from this area is the product that would travel through the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Business as Usual in the Alberta Oil Patch May be Over

May 7, 2015 – The election of the New Democrats (NDP), a socialist-leaning party, to lead the province of Alberta may have significant ramifications for Canada in its fight to ... Continue Reading →
Nanopore technology and gene sequencing

Gizmos & Gadgets: DNA Testing Goes into the Field

May 7, 2015 – It is called MinION and you pack the device in your overnight bag along with a laptop computer. When you arrive at your destination get set up in the field and start ... Continue Reading →