53 search results for: "Science Break"

Science Break: Electrical & EM Methods

…Science Break articles. On circadian rhythms (December 2013 RECORDER) I read about a company which offers a clock that, “monitors sleep patterns… and uses coloured lights customized to your circadian rhythms to facilitate sleep, and to wake you at an optimal time.” (National Post, 2014) To find out more, Google…

Science Break | May 2014

Science Break: Cogeneration

…Science Break articles, something I really enjoy. On the topic of war, encryption and crosswords, Jim Laing drew my attention to a WWII story involving a Surrey, England headmaster who was a regular crossword author. English intelligence noticed a suspiciously high number of their “secret” code words were showing up…

Science Break | May 2013

Science Break: Morality

…Science Break article on heuristics, and morals deal almost entirely with areas lacking complete information. Research has shown that the brain circuitry for heuristics gets shaped and modified through experience and learning, especially during childhood, so this would explain how moral beliefs can be so different from one community to…

Science Break | November 2014

Science Break: Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Etc.

…Science Break articles; the challenge will be to find the time! Happy New Year everyone. References alex. (2011, August 1). The Doctor Who Stacked Weights on His Testicles. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from Mad Science Museum: http://www.madsciencemuseum.com/msm/pl/sensitive_testes Anonymous blogger. (2012, February 18). Tusko’s Trip. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from The…

Science Break | January 2014

Science Break: Circadian Rhythms

…Science Break article “Plant hydraulics” (Kuhn, 2013), even plants are capable of fairly rapid response to external stimuli, and of course animals are too. But those responses are not circadian; in order to meet the criteria, the system must more or less lock in to a 24 hour clock, and…

Science Break | December 2013

Science Break: Natural Gas Liquids

…Science Break article, “Africa’s deadly lakes” concerning heavy gases. (Kuhn, 2009). Normal Butane This is the unbranched form of butane (n-C4H10), where the four carbon atoms are connected in a continuous chain. It has numerous uses – in lighters, camp stoves etc., as a propellant for spray cans, and as…

Science Break | November 2012

Science Break: Weather Maps

…Science Break” articles, and that’s great. If you have any ideas for future articles, please pass them on. Alternatively, if you’d like to submit your own article, please contact me. I’d love it if we could run guest articles. My contact info is oliver.kuhn@divestco.com or (403) 298-5639. Chris Irvine contacted…

Science Break | March 2009

Science Break: CRISPR Genome Editing

…TCRISPR is a simple acronym to remember, but it refers to a very complex technology that promises to revolutionize gene editing and splicing. The letters stand for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”. The palindromic repeats are short repeated DNA sequences found in some bacteria that geneticists have been aware…

Science Break | September 2016

Science Break: Heart Attacks

…The spectre of heart attacks looms large in our collective psyche. We worry that one may strike us, or perhaps one of our at-risk relatives or friends will be afflicted. Some of us at times view them as retribution for an unhealthy lifestyle. But what do we really understand about…

Science Break | June 2016

Science Break: Reader Follow Ups & Blood Types

…Sometimes reader feedback leads to interesting dialogs. Two recent exchanges on DSLR cameras and ocean currents are worth sharing. First though, I want to apologise to all Cheeseheads. In Figure 1a from the Great Lake(s) article, I forgot to label the Green Bay lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet –…

Science Break | May 2016

Science Break: The Human Microbiota

…Growing up, I viewed the human body as a castle, with defenses to keep all the nasty bacteria and viruses out. White blood cells were the soldiers, sent off to do battle at breaches in the walls. In fairy tales everything good is inside the castle walls, everything bad outside;…

Science Break | April 2016

Science Break: Ocean Currents

…Besides the Gulf Stream, ocean currents are likely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for most people. I don’t even recall ocean currents being part of the geophysics undergrad curriculum, even though they should definitely fall under physics of the earth, with temperature and density physics explaining their dynamics. The following article is a…

Science Break | February 2016

Science Break: The Great Lakes

…Quaternary geology is fascinating, especially the late Pleistocene and into the Holocene (11,700 years ago to present) because it’s so recent, dynamic and all around us. In my article on the Spokane Flood (Kuhn, 2008), I alluded to the possibility that maybe, just maybe, humans had witnessed this catastrophic event.…

Science Break | January 2016

Science Break: DSLR Cameras

…The amount of sophisticated technology packed into a modern digital single lens reflex camera is simply astounding. In this article we’ll look at three of a DSLR camera’s most scientifically interesting components: the SLR mechanism itself, the camera lens motor, and the image sensor. Single Lens Reflex A single lens…

Science Break | December 2015

Science Break: And Now for Something Completely Different... Math and Science Jokes

…There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary numbers and those that don’t. There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data There are 3 kinds of people in the world: 50% understand percentages, and 50% don’t. When…

Science Break | November 2015

Science Break: Fear of Music

…To mark the 30th anniversary of the RECORDER magazine, a nostalgic article. Back in the 70’s and 80’s theme albums were all the rage... Thick as a Brick, Dark Side of the Moon, Diamond Dogs, to name a few. Music, lyrics and art work combined into a united theme or…

Science Break | October 2015

Science Break: The U-Curve

…This curve (Figure 1) describes the level of general happiness over an average person’s life. Studies are consistently showing the same result – human happiness starts high in youth, reaches a low point in mid-life, and then rises until death. Our late life happiness levels actually exceed those of youth.…

Science Break | June 2015

Science Break: Coral

…Coral colonies create reefs stretching for hundreds of kilometres, and corals are preserved in the Earth’s rocks since the Cambrian; as geoscientists we all know that. But what do we know of the humble coral polyp? The basic facts on this amazing little creature follow. If you read no further,…

Science Break | May 2015

Science Break: Practical Applications of Science

…Perusing my recent articles, I realized I’ve been touching on some rather somber topics lately, such as mental illness, psychopathy, prion disease, Nazi death camps, etc. So this month I decided to lighten things up and cover some cheerful examples of how science can be applied in day-to-day ways. Astute…

Science Break | April 2015

Science Break: Sociopathy

…If life was a sport, sociopaths / psychopaths would be the players repeatedly cheating. In real life they flagrantly flout fundamental human social rules, such as ‘Do unto others as you would do unto yourself,’ and ‘Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ If a sociopath had written these rules…

Science Break | March 2015