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The Gates by John Connolly

Frightened by My Own Imagination

Writing a novel is a lot more personal than writing non-fiction. Non-fiction is external – I find and repackage information. Fiction, in contrast, comes from the inside, and sometimes what’s inside is a bit… surprising. When I first started ... Read More  

Lindsey helps students do forensic experiments

Work-to-Rule Is Costing Me Money, But I Stand With Nova Scotia Teachers

Back in September, I got some pretty fantastic news. More schools had booked me as a guest speaker than any other author in Nova Scotia’s Writers in the Schools Program. Including the inimitable Don Aker, a fact so shocking ... Read More  

Dr Strange movie poster

So I Saw Dr. Strange

And I have thoughts. Thought the first. Benedict Cumberbatch should not be allowed to speak in an American accent. I’m used to seeing him in things like Sherlock and The Imitation Game, and without the British accent, I had ... Read More  

reflections of tree branches

Because It’s That Kind of Week (Again)

A video of puppies, because I can't even this week. Read More  

The Scientific Method in the Real World by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

The REAL Scientific Method… And Why It’s AWESOME

Last Monday, I wrote about where facts come from. Since the post focused on the peer-review process used to check scientific data before it's published, I probably should have called it "How We Know Scientists Aren't Just Making Stuff Up." Today, ... Read More  

Pete's Dragon movie poster

Should I See the Live Action Pete’s Dragon?

Want to know how to tell when you’ve been friends with someone for too long? Text exchanges like this one, which I swear is 100% true: Her: I’m in the medicentre. Since when is Elliot a girl’s name? Me: ... Read More  

reflections of tree branches

Having a Rough Week? This Will Help

Because little foxes with big ears make everything better! Read More  

boy holding a protest sign demanding peer review

Where Do Facts Come From?

The phrase “alternative facts” was floating around the media (social and otherwise) this weekend, and it made my head explode on multiple levels. First, because I work at a university, and I’m pretty sure if you use those on exams, ... Read More  

popcorn and jelly beans

It’s Popcorn Day!

Mmm…. popcorn. It’s a favourite treat around this house. It has also been dinner on more than one occasion, because we don’t have kids, and therefore don’t have to worry about setting a bad example. 😀 And according to daysoftheyear.com, ... Read More  

Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Animal Adoptions – Fitness, Altruism, and Feelings

One of my weirdest experiences as a scientist was doing a maternity test on an elk. A female elk wearing a Jasper National Park ear tag had been found on an Alberta elk farm. Since it’s illegal to keep wild animals ... Read More  

Was The Neverending Story Always That Bad, or Did I Just Get Old?

I’m talking about the movie here, not the book, although this may apply to the book too, for all I know. I loved The Neverending Story when I was a kid. LOVED. I sobbed my eyes out when Atreyu’s beautiful white ... Read More  

making candied bacon

A Total Husband Thing to Do

Me: Can you stop at the grocery store on your way home? Tech Support: Sure! Me: There are only three items. Here’s a list. *Tech Support takes list, exits* *Tech Support returns several hours later with four full grocery ... Read More  

Zebra Migration by L.E. Carmichael

StripeSpotter: A Barcode Scanner for Zebras

You’ve probably heard about scientists using photos of whale flukes to identify individual humpbacks. Did you know that a similar strategy is being used to count and identify zebras? Originally called StripeSpotter, it’s a barcode scanner. A barcode scanner for ... Read More  

cover of Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is Scaring Me

I started reading Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin series over the holidays. They are YA zombie apocalypse books, and they are terrifying. The zombies themselves, yes. Mayberry’s monsters are creepy and awful, and his action scenes are seriously intense. But the ... Read More  

dried up Christmas tree

How to Beat the January Blues

The holidays are over. Ornaments are falling off your drooping Christmas tree, and the kids have tracked crunchy needles all over the house. The papers you left on your desk before the break have mated and multiplied. The snow that was so ... Read More  

creating angel wings with sparklers

Happy Holidays!

The blog is going dark until 2017. Whichever holidays you celebrate this time of year, I wish you peace, joy, and abundant naps. See you next year! Read More  

Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Fuzzy Forensics, Kitchen Science, and a Bonus Holiday Freebie!

  Have a junior science lover on your holiday shopping list? Here’s how to give them a special treat: Buy a copy of Fox Talk or Fuzzy Forensics from your favourite bookseller Email a copy of the receipt to shop@foxtalk.ca ... Read More  

34th Street exit at Macy's

Holiday Classic: Miracle on 34th Street

I love Miracle on 34th Street. The original 1947 version, of course. In black and white, with Maureen O’Hara, whom I will watch in practically anything.   Seventy years later, this movie still stands up. In fact, in an age ... Read More