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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  

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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. ūüėÄ 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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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Christmas Songs, Christmas Covers

My family was never particularly religious, but we always celebrated Christmas. And one of our favourite holiday traditions was¬†playing Christmas carols. While some Christmas songs are so irritating that I practically punch holes in my car’s dashboard attempting to ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

Ten Random (But Fascinating) Facts About Dogs and Domestication (Plus, 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 Include ... Read More  

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(Holiday) Customers From Hell… And How To Handle Them

Another piece from my archives for Throwback Thursday this week! After I defended my PhD, I took a job at Chapters (best job for aspiring authors ever). Most of my customers were fabulous, but one was truly possessed by ... Read More  

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

The Lizards in the Luggage (And 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  

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The Hobbit Blu-Rays – Theatrical or Extended?

On Cyber Monday, Amazon informed me that The Hobbit Extended Edition trilogy was deeply discounted on Blu-Ray. I nearly bought it… and then I had second thoughts. I have The Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy on Blu-Ray, and ... Read More  

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It’s Not the Holidays Without Bath and Body Works’ Twisted Peppermint

December 1 – the day I switch on the twinkle¬†lights and start playing Christmas Carols. Also the day I switch from whatever Bath and Body Works scent I’ve been using all fall to my holiday favourite – Twisted Peppermint. ... Read More  

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Talking to Your Dog Is Not as Crazy as You Think (Plus, 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 Include ... Read More