What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of “gross stuff” and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. “When we explore the gross side of life, we find insights that we never would have thought we’d find, and we even often reveal beauty that we didn’t think was there,” Rothschild says. Continue reading
In this video, physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a clear vision of how science should work. Continue reading
From the quirky to the profound, 2017 was full of discoveries, innovations and revelations across many fields of intellectual endeavour. Now it’s time to look back on the year that was and put some reason in the season
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Physicist Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. Continue reading
For over 40 years, Flinn Scientific has embraced a consistent philosophy regarding the use of chemicals in science labs: “Chemicals in any form can be safely stored, handled or used if the physical, chemical, and hazardous properties are fully understood and the necessary precautions, including the use of proper safeguards and personal protective equipment, are observed.” We still believe this philosophy is appropriate.
With negative attention focused on “problem” chemicals, the idea of “green chemistry” may seem like an oxymoron. Green chemistry, however, is real, and it carries a positive message about chemistry and science. Green Chemistry calls for the design of chemical products and processes that will reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. How can instructors and schools benefit from the principles of green chemistry and the knowledge gained through its success?
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The silhouette of a scientist against a visualisation of gravitational waves pictured during a press conference by the Max Planck Institute for GravitationalPhysics (Albert Einstein Institute) at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, 11 February 2016. (Julian Stratenschulte/EPA) Continue reading