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The Search for a Sister Earth

When you look up at the sky do you ever wonder if there is a planet like Earth somewhere else in our Galaxy or even in another galaxy? If there is how would we know?  How would we find it? How could we tell if it was habitable?  For answers to these and many other questions about this fascinating new frontier join Dr. Sasselov an astronomer who studies, among other things, extrasolar planets. Dr.

Summer Science Reads

book cover imageNPR recommended this summer's best science books, "five engrossing summer releases that will satisfy anyone from a curious nonscientist to a biochemist eager to refresh her mind with new ideas in neuroscience."

Suggested titles:

A Big Tooth Ache!!

Imagine having teeth measuring over 7.5 inches (19.05 cm) and weighing 4.5 pounds (2.04 grams).  Two such teeth were discovered near Glencoe, Ontario on October 19th, 1938 by farmer James Watson who unearthed the teeth while plowing a drained bog (London Free Press, October 20, 1938).  These teeth belonged to a mastodon, the post-glacial elephant, whose preferred habitat were the spruce forests found around London in swamps and wetlands.  The mastodon became extinct shortly after the aboriginal peoples settled in what is now Southwestern Ontario. 

Reading Science for the pleasure of finding things out.

Finding an enjoyable science book to read can seem as difficult as finding the Higg’s boson! Therefore I was ecstatic to discover that Tim Radford of the Guardian UK Online started an online science book club in February 2009. Of the titles featured so far I have read and enjoyed:

Pandora and Steve

On Friday, December the 4th, I met with Steve Bucciarelli and Pandora, a magnificent young Bald Eagle. The encounter, which took place at Gibbons Park in downtown London, was part of a photo opportunity for Nature in the City. This six-part series of illustrated talks on urban nature starts on January 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Central Library of the London Public Library.

We Only Got 4 Minutes To Save The World

Time is waiting and there's no hesitating.  So sing Madonna and Justin Timberlake.  But instead of four minutes, what about two hours of your time on Saturday, October 24?

This is the date that the 350.org global movement has designated International Day of Climate Action.  The number stands for 350 parts per million C02, the safe limit for humanity to survive in the atmosphere.

How to Build a Dinosaur

Evo devo, more formally known as evolutionary developmental biology, is a field dedicated to comparing the developmental processes of organisms in order to determine how they might have evolved over time. So, what does that mean in practical terms? Well, for one thing, it could mean bringing dinosaurs back from extinction.

Corruption in Science

Corruption in Science: a two part expose with Pam Killeen. Join us on Wednesday, September 2nd  at 6:30 pm in the Stevenson & Hunt room A for Junk Science: How Corporate Science Deceives Consumers, an informative talk exposing how junk science could be undermining the quality of our lives.

Sharkwater:the truth will surface

  Sharkwater: the truth will surface, a fascinating documentary is available in our library.What began as an underwater adventure, turned into a beautiful and dangerous journey into