Scott Douglas Jacobsen “The secret to enjoying a good whiskey? A dash of water. Whiskey drinkers have been doing this for centuries to heighten certain flavors and reduce burn. Science has two competing theories for why this works. One explanation suggests water traps bad flavors. Whiskey contains a compound called … Continue reading
There is a survey getting a lot of hype in the media now, widely reported under headlines like “43 Percent of Canadians Say Science Is a ‘Matter of Opinion’”. Given that 100 percent of science headlines in the media are misrepresentions, what’s really going on here?
Scientific American published one short e-book, Evolution vs. Creationism: Inside the Controversy. It relates to the perennial social controversy, creationism versus evolution.
In her latest book, The Memory Code, science writer Dr. Lynne Kelly details her thesis that the primary purpose of monuments ranging from the statues on Easter Island to Neolithic Stonehenge was not as tributes to the gods but rather as extremely effective memory technologies used by oral cultures to encode many hundreds of … Continue reading
Torture is in the news again, sadly, as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made a public declaration that Canada will never use torture or be party to [it], a day after his meeting with US Defence Secretary James Mattis. That sounds decent, but there’s a lot of grey space around his … Continue reading
I am not much for conspiracies, never attribute to maliciousness that which can more easily be explained by stupidity, but sometimes they end up being one and the same. A Canadian climate change denial group has popped up in a U.S. coal giant’s bankruptcy proceedings that have lifted the curtain … Continue reading