Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Case in point, Markus Chown was just talking on Radio New Zealand. He has written an interesting-looking book called What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff which attempts to explain important fundamental science in simple ways. Which is great.
But in discussing how people develop their ideas in discussions, including with avergae members of the public, he said:"I write to my wife who is a nurse and doesn't have a any science background"
I really hope I heard that wrong, because do I really want to read a book by a man who thinks either:
1) Medicine is not predominantly a science, or
2) Nurses are not highly trained practicing medical professionals.
Global Development Symposium: Critical Links between Human and Animal Health, May 4-7, 2014, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada. This symposium will bring together social, environmental, medical and veterinary scientists with policy makers, students and community members who have an interest in positive global development. Underscoring the "Critical Links between Human and Animal Health," the symposium will explore interdisciplinary approaches to improving public health and food security while empowering communities for lasting change. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are being accepted through January 14, 2014.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
If I had discovered a new dinosaur I would let people know. At least put up a poster "we discovered a new dinosaur; Merry Christmas, buy some dinosaur-shaped cookie cutters". But the Field Museum didn't feel like making a big deal out of it so I looked at some other things instead. It is an amazing collection. Here are just a few of my favorites.
|Hopewell antler headdress (replica)|
|Man-eating lions, despite having no manes they are males|
|Extinct Irish elk|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Mr. T in DC / Foter.com / CC BY-ND|
But kudos to Edward C Taylor who wrote an article called Little Tanks, Big Opportunities for the November 2013 issue of the magazine Pet Business.
The article has a generally upbeat tone but Taylor was also pithily emphasize that the goal is for the tank to be successful long after it goes out the door.
For these reason he recommends that nano tanks are really only for freshwater unless you are a marine aquarium expert, that they need to be sold by trained staff who are willing and empowered to refuse to sell livestock not suited to mall tanks, and that the ideal nano species are often hard to get in the trade.
It is a short but informative article and I found that it is also available online here.