Science Facility Safety (SFS) is a new STAO resource which outlines best practices in the safe use and management of science facilities. This free resource is a companion document to STAO’s other publications, Safe ON Science and Safer Use of Chemicals in School Science Laboratories.
Examples of focus areas in SFS include Classroom Infrastructure, Storage of Flammables, Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations/Emergency Showers, and Waste. This resource concludes with a very useful and comprehensive safety checklist.
SFS is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of Enbridge and Shell
Download your copy at https://stao.ca/cms/en/component/edocman/science-facility-safety
Did you know that your body’s fight-or-flight response to danger may, in part, come from inside your bones? Plus, another study suggests that vaping may impair to your ability to fight off lung infections. Continue reading
Visualising the world’s addiction to plastic bottles. Around the world, almost 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute.
Click on the source below to see the visualization.
Source: Drowning in plastic
Thanks for sharing Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A local attempt earlier this year to break a Guinness World Record for the largest elephant’s toothpaste demonstration was a huge hit, it was announced on Sept. 10. Continue reading
We here at STAO hope that you are off to a great start to the new school year. September 16-22 is National Science Literacy Week and we hope that you will join us in celebrating science and oceans research in Canada.
Stay tuned to STAO’s social media channels, watch for the next edition of STAONews, and get involved in some of our upcoming STAO events in celebration of National Science Literacy Week!
Executive Director, STAO/APSO
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It sounds like such an incredible fact. “Our own cells are outnumbered by our microbes 10 to 1!” I don’t remember where I first heard it. But I read it in science papers and articles by journalists, so I believed it without question. I even made one of my first videos based on this fact. Continue reading
Making liquid nitrogen is hard – in fact up until 150 years ago scientists doubted whether it was even possible to liquefy nitrogen. In 1823, At the royal institution in London, Michael Faraday first produced liquid chlorine, kind of accidentally by putting it under high pressure. He similarly liquefied ammonia. Continue reading
What is ”egg-shaped” even? I used to think it was the shape of a chicken egg. Then one day I saw a collection of eggs from lots of different bird species, and I realized just how many different kind of egg shapes there really are! I had to know why. And it turns out a couple teams of scientists had wondered the same thing. Here’s what science says about why eggs are egg-shaped, if that’s even a thing, which I’ve learned it might not be. Evolution of bird eggs, go!