Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
Although he’s not sure what it is, Henry tries his best to help Olive out of her depressed slump.
Residents of Mission, Texas, are uniting in opposition to a wall that would physically divide them.
Fourteen people were killed and hundreds injured in separate attacks in Barcelona and Cabrils.
The Vermont man apparently grew angry when the officer refused to track down immigrants working on a nearby farm.
Julie Burchill writes:As a tot growing up in a provincial proletarian Communist household in the 1960s, I’d been led to believe that socialism was colour-blind. But when I moved to That London in the 1970s, I quickly became aware that the non-working-class Left operated what was best described as Paint-Chart Politics – the further from […]
Otonamaki is a Japanese physical therapy trend that’s half-hammock, half-horror movie.
The violent arrest was recorded by a witness and uploaded to Facebook, prompting protesters to march on Euclid’s City Hall twice since it was posted.
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This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts.
When I returned, a nonscientist friend asked me what the research showed about future sea level rise. He was disappointed that I couldn’t say anything definite, since it will take several years to analyze the data. This kind of time lag is common in science, but it can make communicating the issues difficult. That’s especially true for climate change, where decades of data collection may be required to see trends.
A recent draft report on climate change by federal scientists exploits data captured over many decades to assess recent changes, and warns of a dire future if we don’t change our ways. Yet few countries are aggressively reducing their emissions in a way scientists say are needed to avoid the dangers of climate change.
While this lack of progress dismays people, it’s actually understandable.
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Emma Green in The Atlantic, on why Charlottesville marchers were obsessed with Jews.
Alan Zimmerman, president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, in Reform Judaism, recounts his experiences during the march.
And if you haven’t yet spent the time to watch VICE’s short Charlottesville documentary, please do.
Police named him an honorary narcotics K9 after the find, which is the closest you can get to the official designation of Very, Very Good Boy.
The opioid was found in cocaine, MDMA, and ketamine.
Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has called for a “red team-blue team” review to challenge the science behind climate change. “The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a radio show, adding he hoped to hold the exercise in the fall.
Most commonly, red team-blue team reviews are used as a mechanism to improve security of information systems or military defenses. The blue team is associated with an institution, the owner of an asset or a plan. The red team is charged with attacking the blue team, with the goal of revealing vulnerabilities.
The Georgia Straight does not recommend that you start punching people indiscriminately.
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The author of Adios, America is blaming the media.
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A trio of authors from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western University have publicly released “A Vision for Canadian Space Exploration,” a proposal originally submitted to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in response to the Space Advisory Board consultation on the creation of a new space strategy, which was announced earlier this year.
|Jeremy Heyl. Photo c/o UBC.|
According to UBC astronomy professor Professor Jeremy Heyl, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has no money for international cooperation and needs a space policy able to offer up long-term consistent funding with which academics, policymakers and corporations can use to plan government activities and assess proposals.
|Ilaria Caiazzo. Photo c/o J. Heyl.|
Heyl, in a phone conversation with this blog on Thursday, called current CSA funding “uninspiring” and suggested that “Canada is no longer a reliable partner for international aerospace proposals.”
The 26 page document, created by Heyl and two other authors, Western University associate professor of astronomy Sarah Gallagher and UBC doctoral student Ilaria Caiazzo, proposed “a sustained and balanced program in space exploration to fuel innovation in the space sector, support Canada’s world-leading space researchers, inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators, and create thousands of highly skilled, well-paying jobs for Canadians.”
|Sarah Gallagher. Photo c/o J. Heyl.|
To support those goals, the document requested a “total investment of approximately $1Bln CDN, increasing to $1.3Bln CDN in each decade that follows,” for a variety of academically led space missions “including a regular flagship mission that Canada would lead and a constellation of smaller missions, either led by Canada or in collaboration with international partners…“
According to Heyl, the additional funding will allow the CSA to again contribute to international programs like the upcoming James Web Space Telescope (JWST), allow Canada to lead a variety of “flagship” missions and smaller projects and allow for the creation of a consistent process around CSA decision making.
According to the paper:
While Canada has had a track record of impressive contributions to international space exploration missions, we have failed to join several key recent NASA mission opportunities, including the Mars 2020 rover and the MoonRise lunar sample return mission. The window is closing fast for a Canadian contribution to NASA’s dark-energy flagship mission WFIRST and for the ESA X-ray flagship mission Athena…
The document also referenced “Canada’s Fundamental Science Review,” the independent review of federal science funding led by former University of Toronto president David Naylor, which was released in the spring.
As outlined in the April 17th, 2017 post, “”Massive” Review of Federal Science Funding Finally Released; Will Likely Soon ‘Drop Down the Memory Hole,‘” that review also requested large sums of new funding and is not likely to be implemented any time soon.
The latest paper is not the only document independently released to the public while the Space Advisory Board continues its private deliberations on Canada’s future in space. For other perspectives, check out the April 20th, 2017 post, “Space Advisory Committee Members Announced: Various Stakeholders Release Independent Assessments, Just in Case.”
Editors Note: Looks like the Space Advisory Board has just released their preliminary assessment.
As outlined in the August 18th, 2017 Government of Canada post, “Consultations on Canada’s future in space: What we heard, Space Advisory Board, August 2017,” the board’s recommendations include the following:
- Designating space as a National Strategic Asset.
- Strengthen world-class Canadian capabilities
- Adopting new policies and regulations to capitalize on technological advances.
- Continuity of policies and sustainable funding
- Outreach and educational activities to inspire and prepare Canadians
- An urgent call to action
On the other hand, there seems to be very little concrete statements or recommendations, in the way of funding or specific regulatory changes, which would help pave this highway to the future. It’s also amusing to note that the board explicitly recommended that it remain in existence so that it’s members can continue “building upon the contacts established” by its activities.
This blog will take a look at that document and those recommendations and provide a proper, informed assessment over the next few days. Stay tuned.
New agricultural practices and a few cheap, simple tools are making life much easier for those who work on Central Nepal’s terrace farms. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.
The endangered whooping crane population is on the rebound, as Wood Buffalo National Park reported a record high number of fledglings this year. At 63 new birds, this number beats the previous record set in 2006 of 49 birds.
“We were hoping for big numbers after we counted 98 nests this spring,” says Sharon Irwin, a resource conservation manager at the park. “It’s quite a jump from last year.”
This performance comes early four decades after the band’s first appearance in our town.
This week a scientist answers a question about whales capacity to smell through their blowhole.
Osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence in recent times due to lack of physical activity.
Neonics compromise the queens’ ability to start hives and lay eggs for the next generation