The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves | Rajiv Maheswaran | TED Talks

Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they’re learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere. Continue reading

Survey highlights tensions in public attitudes toward science – Globe and Mail

Three out of four Canadians agree that science and technology are needed to solve the critical challenges the world is facing. Yet, three in five also say that society is “turning away” from science in favour of ideas that are not grounded in evidence or data. Continue reading

Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch | CBC News

Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch | CBC News

We’re launching a new cohort of Water Keepers for Life!

Registration is now open  for the Water Docs @ School Action Projects informational webinars , taking place in August and September! If you’re a Grade 8 or Grade 7 teacher, you can register now . Or, if you know any teachers, please let them know about this exciting

Source: We’re launching a new cohort of Water Keepers for Life!

2 farmers weigh in on the pesticide vs. organic debate: Opinion | CBC News

We asked two farmers on either side of the pesticide/herbicide debate — who happen to live in the same part of Saskatchewan — their thoughts on this issue. Here’s what they had to say.

Source: 2 farmers weigh in on the pesticide vs. organic debate: Opinion | CBC News

The Science of Anti-Vaccination

Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place. Continue reading