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Lindsey Carmichael autographing books

Happy Science Literacy Week!

It's Science Literacy Week!  *Fires cannons full of biodegradable confetti* The brainchild of Jesse Hildebrand, Science Literacy Week started as a grassroots initiative meant to raise awareness about science: what it is, how it works, and why it's awesome. It's grown ... Read More  

Cover of Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken

Drawdown: Yes, It IS Possible to Reverse Global Warming

If you're anything like me, media coverage of climate change has given you the following impressions: Dependence on fossil fuels is the main reason for climate change. Individuals bear ultimate responsibility for climate change, because we make choices that are bad ... Read More  

Rampage movie poster

Representation of (Mad) Women Scientists in Rampage

One of the reasons I started Mad Scientist Mondays was because a lot of people don't actually know any scientists. As a result, cultural depictions of science and scientists - like those in movies and on TV - have ... Read More  

Mad Science Monday: May the 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day, and welcome to my post about the science of this iconic series. Because my scientific expertise is strictly terrestrial, and because I am one of about three people on this planet who isn't really sure ... Read More  

Gene Therapy by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Mad Science Monday: Marvel’s Inhumans (That’s Not How DNA Works)

Oh, Inhumans. I so wanted to like you, mostly due to my enduring crush on Anson Mount (or rather, Cullen Bohannon of Hell on Wheels). Sadly, I spent most of the time I was "watching" you making dinner, doing ... Read More  

Sasquatch and her giant paws

Mad Science Mondays: That Time We Ran a DNA Test on Sasquatch Hair

Many moons ago when I was but a grad student, my lab, which specialized in wildlife genetics, received an unusual request:  Run a DNA test on this hair, because we're pretty sure it's Sasquatch. To be clear, the sample did not ... Read More  

fabric masks don't block viruses

Mad Science Monday: Coronavirus, Flu, and Wanderers

Last week, the news broke that Canadians who are being evacuated from China will be quarantined at Canadian Forces Base Trenton for two weeks, to ensure they're not infected with the new coronavirus. This got my attention because CFB ... Read More  

Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Mad Science: The Brides in the Bath Murders

I've been watching Murder Maps on Netflix recently (because what's more Christmasy than murder?) and if you're into forensic science, it's solid viewing - a sort of historical Forensic Files, but with more social context. So far, S1E4: The ... Read More  

Scar and the hyaenas (Lion King 2019)

The Mad Science of The Lion King

Despite swearing off of live-action-remakes-of-Disney-movies-that-really-didn't-need-to-be-remade-to-begin-with, Tech Support and I recently watched the new version of The Lion King. Which isn't even "live action" so much as "slightly more advanced animation," but whatever. Read More  

Mr. Clarke from Stranger Things

Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part IV – Mr. Clarke

Did you miss the previous instalments in this series? Check the archives for posts on Martin Brenner, Sam Owens, and Dr. Alexei. Today, we're talking about my favourite character, never mind scientist, in all of Stranger Things: Mr. Clarke. Read More  

Dr. Alexei from Stranger Things

Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part III – Alexei

This is Part III in my series on the scientists of Stranger Things. Check the blog archive for thoughts on Martin Brenner and Sam Owens. Today, we take a look at everyone's favourite Russian scientist, Alexei! Read More  

Dr. Sam Owens from Stranger Things

Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part II – Sam Owens

And we're back for another look at the scientists of Stranger Things. Today, Dr. Sam Owens, successor of the horrible Martin Brenner, new head of Hawkins Lab. Read More  

Martin Brenner from Stranger Things

Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part I – Martin Brenner

Time to get a little... strange... over here, with a series of posts about the scientists* of Stranger Things. We're going to start with Martin Brenner, the true Big Bad of Season One, and a textbook example of one ... Read More  

Egon Spengler

Mad Science Mondays: Egon Spengler Edition

Ghostbusters (1984) is one of the first movies I remember seeing in the theatre as a kid. I'm pretty sure it was the VERY first movie my little brother saw in the theatre: he was young enough that he ... Read More  

x-ray of a bone spur on the skull

Mad Science Monday: The (Missing) Link Between Smartphones and Horns

OK, yes, it's not technically Monday anymore. I traveled, I was felled by an airplane cold. But then, as I soaked my coughing muscles in a hot bath while listening to old episodes of The Daily Show on Sirius ... Read More  

Flight of the Dragons by Peter Dickson book cover

Mad Science Mondays: Dracarys Edition

Let's talk Game of Thrones. Specifically, Season 8, Episode 5, "The Bells," an episode a lot of people hated for a lot of really good reasons relating to character arcs and storytelling. Those reasons have been discussed in detail ... Read More  

The Silence movie poster

Mad Science In Netflix’s The Silence

Let's talk about The Silence. When The Silence popped up on my Netflix browser, I admit I was a bit skeptical (Bird Box knockoff, anyone?). But I watched it because, quite frankly, I consider anything with Stanley Tucci in ... Read More