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Aristotle: The First Real Scientist

17 Apr 2018

What an amazing man Aristotle was! He lived in the third century BC yet he was so influential that his ideas dominated western scientific thought for almost two thousand years. This is especially...

Homeopathy: Aware or Beware?

12 Apr 2018

April 10-16 is “World Homeopathy Awareness Week” with the stated aim of “celebrating homeopaths and those who have been healed with homeopathy.” While I don’t think anyone has ever been healed with...

Science Is Not Just for Kids

29 Mar 2018

A persistent idea in the minds of the lay public is that science is for kids, and a recent survey does nothing to reassure me that this saddening and restrictive notion is being overturned.

God, Glycerine, Flavouring, and Kosher Coca-Cola

27 Mar 2018

​This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

The Woes of Parenting: Are They All Woe-Worthy?

22 Mar 2018

Thanks to social media and the Internet, we are flooded with opinions about what to do, and what not to do, from an array of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, chiropractors and...

Nervous about “nerve agents”

13 Mar 2018

It was back in 1939, that German chemist Gerhard Schrader was searching for better methods to control insects when he chanced upon a substance that had greater insecticidal activity than anything...

From Farm to Pharmacy: Wading Through the Muddied Waters of Antibiotic Resistance

20 Feb 2018

One of the mandates of our Office is to foster students’ skills in communicating science. We encourage students to submit articles and we publish the ones that we consider to be well written. These...

The Current Hypertension Controversy: There is None.

8 Feb 2018

For most of human history, blood pressure was unknown. It was first measured in 1733 by Stephen Hales, an English pastor who lived in a simpler time when religion and science were not seen as...

The False Hopes of Legal Marijuana

30 Jan 2018

One of the mandates of our Office is to foster students’ skills in communicating science. We encourage students to submit articles and we publish the ones that we consider to be well written. These...

Text Neck: Is the Epidemic Truly Over?

25 Jan 2018

You may have seen the headlines recently: “Text Neck Was Never a Real Epidemic” and more along those lines.

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