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Wise, older elk can learn to outsmart human hunters in Alberta.
Invasive Lionfish are eating rare species of goby before scientists can discover them.
Learning to read as an adult profoundly reorganizes the brain
The Larsen C ice shelf is about to break off Antarctica, and is a sign of what’s to come.
President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed what was already clear: The federal government is no longer leading American efforts to shrink our carbon footprint. But many state and local governments — along with businesses and consumers — aim to help fill this policy void.
At least a dozen governors have joined the United States Climate Alliance, committing their states to achieve emissions reductions consistent with President Barack Obama’s Paris pledge. More than 200 mayors are promising their cities will follow suit.
My research with my former student Shayak Sengupta about how cities can benefit from buying electric cars suggests that fuel-free municipal fleets can cut urban carbon footprints while improving public health and saving taxpayers money.
For the week of June 12th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we’re tracking in the Commercial Space blog:
|Has this man got a deal for Telesat? Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan in Parliament earlier this year. Photo c/o CTV News.|
As outlined in the June 13th, 2017 Space Intel Report post, “Telesat sees possible LEO partnership in Canada’s new defense posture,” just hours after the document was published, “Ottawa-based Telesat said the Canadian government’s willingness to strike public-private partnerships, (is) a move that gives ‘an unprecedented opportunity for the Canadian defense industry, including the space sector, to effectively support the military.'”
According to the article, “The biggest near-term potential benefit to Telesat would appear to be having Canada’s armed forces as an anchor tenant for Telesat’s proposed global constellation of broadband satellites in low Earth orbit. The constellation, for which two prototype satellites are scheduled for launch this year, would appear to fill the requirement of the new Canadian defense policy for all-Arctic coverage.”
As outlined in the June 9th, 2017 post, “Liberals Waive Review of Chinese Norsat Purchase, but also Pledge Billions in Defence Spending & Revise Satellite Licencing Regs,” the Minister has proposed up to $62Bln CDN worth of new defence contracts, which would include space-based telecommunications in the Arctic, plus various space based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and situational awareness initiatives plus perhaps even “a counterspace option.”
For more on Telesat’s proposed global constellation, check out the May 8th, 2017 Space Intel post, “Telesat: LEO gives more user bandwidth than GEO HTS.”
For more on Telesat’s two prototype satellites, check out the February 29th, 2016 post, “Telesat makes Agreements, MDA likes the USA, COM DEV not Forgotten & NSERC has Needs.”
|Tom Zubko, the president of New North Networks, is concerned Inuvik’s image as a good place to invest in satellite related technology could face a setback if the federal government does not move faster to approve transmission licenses for two clients who built six new satellite dishes in Inuvik last year. Photo c/o David Thurton/CBC.|
As outlined in the June 9th, 2017 CBC News post, “Federal delays could smother Inuvik’s fledgling satellite industry, says telecom prez,” six new satellite antennae are ready for service in Inuvik,a town in the Northwest Territories which acts as the administrative centre for the Inuvik Region, but delays in licensing could kill the project.
The article quoted Tom Zubko, the president of Inuvik based New North Networks, who stated that two clients (Norway based Kongsberg Satellite Services and San Francisco, CA based Planet Labs, also known as Planet) have spent upward of $10Mln CDN to install the antennas, but are unable to use them, because of the “slow progress on a federal licence to transmit data” and are thinking of abandoning the project.
Zubko said Inuvik has great potential for this kind of high-tech investment, but only if proponents can get their projects licensed in a timely matter. According to the article, “New North Networks was contracted to build the basic infrastructure for the equipment, which the two satellite companies then installed. Zubko said his company also has a contract to provide care and maintenance of the new equipment.”
As outlined most recently in the July 18th, 2016 post, “Arctic Satellites Should Serve Northerners According to Nunatsiaq Online,” the 2016 cancellation of the dual civilian and military use Polar Communications and Weather mission (PCW) in favor of a Canadian military based program without any weather component or assured civilian access to communications, has caused confusion in the North as the civilian population scrambles for an alternative.
|Teledyne Dalsa HQ in Waterloo, Ontario. Photo c/o Teledyne Dalsa.|
As outlined in the June 12th, 2017 The Record post, “Waterloo tech theft case ends with $50,000 fine,” Arthur Pang and Binqiao Li faced a raft of charges, including theft, fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of property obtained by crime.
As outlined in the article, charges were the result of a two-year investigation by the RCMP’s organized crime unit, which started after a complaint from the Waterloo company in early 2014.
Both Pang and Binqiao were fired after being charged and Pang eventually pleaded guilty only to breaking Canada’s export and customs laws and was fined $50,000 CDN.
According to the article, “the other 18 charges he faced were dropped by the prosecution. All charges against Li were withdrawn.” As outlined in court documents, Pang admitted to competing against his own employer on bids for space projects in China.
For more, check out our upcoming stories in the Commercial Space blog.
|Challenger’s destruction January 28th, 1986. Photo c/o NYT.|
Canada’s aerospace raison d’être has always derived from its immense size, its location in the far north as a vast, barely-tracked wilderness of incalculable resources and the logical requirements relating to defence, communications, utilization and exploration which naturally follow from its size and location.
Problems were soon compounded by the tragic destruction of the space shuttle Challenger in early 1986. As well as the devastating loss of life, many extremely expensive long-term projects were put into a holding pattern while NASA tried to determine the source of the catastrophic failure of its most advanced and expensive space system.
Canada’s next astronaut, Dr Robert Bondar, would see her mission pushed back by years. The hugely expensive Hubble Space Telescope, which used STEM-equipped solar panels, was delayed because it was designed to be launched from the shuttle cargo bay. For two and a half years NASA was grounded. This delay was put to good use, not only to make the shuttle system safer, but it also gave the entire Canadian aerospace community — government, industry and academia — a chance to really explore what was needed next to cement the country’s future in space.
A national space agency, just like the one which Phil Lapp and John Chapman had suggested more than two decades earlier, was finally created. A report had been issued just a few months before the Challenger accident urging the formation of the new agency, but not everyone was happy with the idea of the government being “at the wheel” of every space project. However, since almost all of the funding came from Ottawa, it seems the plan was inevitable once so many projects were placed on hold.
Almost immediately political friction took hold when Ottawa and Montreal both lobbied to be the host city for the new space agency. The science community urged that the new agency be set up with “field centres” following the same model as NASA. This would allow places like Churchill Falls to continue to operate and would spread the work around the country. But by May of 1989 the site had been chosen by the Mulroney government for the new agency to be built in St Hubert Quebec.
|Dusk falling outside the main rotunda of the John H. Chapman Space Centre in St. Hubert Quebec. The CSA headquarters is named in honour of John Herbert Chapman, a pioneer of the Canadian space program and author of the 1967 report on “Upper Atmosphere and Space Programs in Canada,” also known as the “Chapman Report,” which has served to guide Canadian space activities ever since. Photo c/o CSA.|
In the meantime SPAR’s Canadarm would return to flight and SPAR began to pursue a contract to build the next generation of robotic arms for the proposed space station.
As early as 1959 NASA, the US Army and the USAF had been issuing contracts for space station studies. All the way through to the early 1980s there had never been much thought given to international cooperation on the many dozens of proposals. It would not be until the Reagan era that the opportunity would arrive for other nations like Canada to get involved, and it was with the collapse of the Soviet Union’s grip on its client states, beginning in Poland in 1989, that it was decided by the US government that cooperation with the Soviets might be a way of keeping the peace.
The end of 1988 saw the space shuttle return to flight and one of the most important missions which had been sitting in storage was the giant Hubble Space Telescope. It would be successfully launched from the shuttle cargo bay in April 1990, but almost immediately the operators of the telescope knew that there was something wrong.
A tiny flaw in the main mirror had rendered the multi-billion dollar instrument myopic. The only way to save the whole program was to send another shuttle to catch the massive telescope by using the Canadarm to pull it into the shuttle’s protective bay and make an in-flight repair. It would be the most audacious space repair mission since the Skylab debacle of the early 1970s. It would have been impossible without the Canadarm.
But a year before the repair could take place Dr Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first female astronaut. Bondar would be a payload specialist and participated in what was known as the “International Microgravity Laboratory.“
An overachiever in the life sciences, Bondar and her crewmates completed “more than 100%” of their flight objectives and were able to work for a day longer than originally planned. Crystals, cells and plants all exposed to micro-gravity were returned to Earth, including proteins grown in space.
Bondar would not fly again, but in November Steve MacLean would follow her into orbit participating in what would be one of the most successful years for the shuttle program, with eight flights in less than 12 months. MacLean’s flight also included a raft of biology experiments but also included the CANEX 2 experiment package. One of the experiments on liquid metal diffusion originated at Queen’s University in Kingston.
|Overview of the Canadian Experiments (CANEX-2). Screen shot c/o NASA.|
Just as the Canadarm was performing its most famous task and saving the Hubble Space Telescope things started to slide sideways for SPAR. In 1987 SPAR had become prime contractor for Canada’s involvement in the International Space Station and MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) had been brought on board to handle the software. That same year was also when SPAR and MDA combined forces on the new SAR satellite, RADARSAT.
In July 1992 the shareholders of MDA rejected a $50M buy-out offer from SPAR. In 1993 a new management structure at SPAR began to cause oversight issues. The company had grown into a behemoth with aerospace work only accounting for 41% of the revenues. The failed takeover of MDA allowed for another suitor, Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) of Dulles, to make a better offer just a few years later. In September 1995 MDA became a wholly owned subsidiary of Orbital.
This was the beginning of the end for SPAR. Canada’s largest space contractor was on the way out.
He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series “The NASA Mission Reports” and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert not only on space exploration but also on music.
His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His latest book was written with the late Frederick I Ordway III and is called “2001 The Heritage and Legacy of the Space Odyssey” about the history of spaceflight at the movies.
Last Week, “‘Spar’s Canadarm, George Klein, Ernie Groskopfs and Working Astronauts plus the Mulrony Gov’t Divests its Aerospace Assets,” in part thirteen of “150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History.“
Next Week, “RADARSAT, Spar’s Destruction and More,” as part fifteen of “150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History” continues.
|On sale now, at Apogee Books.|
Public life has become a museum of memes from which nothing can escape without a mummy hand dragging the fugitive back into the darkened interior. It is perhaps no coincidence the two most popular leaders of the Western left, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, might credibly impersonate Boris Karloff. They are here to lead us […]
There seems to be a huge conceptual gap between Trump and his most implacable critics on the left. Many highly educated, upper-middle-class Democrats regard themselves as exemplars of “compassion” (which they have elevated into a supreme political principle) and yet they routinely assail Trump voters as ignorant, callous hate-mongers. These elite Democrats occupy an amorphous […]
…and not what — if this article is anything to go by — what two broads fretted about before embarking on their courageous quest to cure malaria in Africa/join Kurdish armies fighting ISIS/starting their own website. More from my siteI’m so old, I remember when ‘Crash’ (2004) was ‘Grand Canyon’ (1991)‘By Grabthar’s Hammer . . […]
(Yeah, Trump’s post-shooting remarks (of the “at the end of the day, we’re all patriotic Americans” sort…) were dumb, which you know because even some liberals were praising them, or pretending to. The other, morbidly enthusiastic leftist response to the shooting was at least more honest.) More from my siteMark Steyn and Tucker Carlson: Need […]
“Your Energy America” is a newly formed front group pushing Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline. By tracing hosting information for the group’s website, DeSmog has found evidence pointing to the PR firm behind the group: DDC Advocacy, which has known ties to the Republican Party.
Short for Democracy, Data & Communications, DDC‘s founding partner, chairman, and CEO, B.R. McConnon in the past “has acted as a key contact and spokesperson for [National Federation for Independent Business],” according to his LinkedIn. NFIB takes funding from Koch Industries and other major corporate interests, and McConnon began his career as a policy analyst for the Koch-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy, the precursor to Americans for Prosperity.
“Your Energy” was launched in the heat of the Virginia gubernatorial primary races and is run by the American Gas Association. The race for Virginia’s highest office recently saw Democratic Party candidate Ralph Northam and GOP candidate Ed Gillespie come out ahead as their parties’ nominees for the looming November election.
I’ve been a big fan of cossack squats for a few years now. They’re an awesome tool for getting some motion through the hips outside of the normative movements that tend to dominate the sagittal plane. While massive strength improvements and aesthetic development can be made through sagittal plane training, the hip is a ball…… Read More
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Washington DC-based think tank the Heritage Foundation briefly registered as lobbyists in Brussels, DeSmog UK has learned.
A little noticed entry to the EU Transparency Register on 18 April 2017 showed the climate science denying neoconservative think tank listed as an official EU registrant. However, one month later they were removed from the registry due to “data inconsistencies”.
According to EU rules, anyone who wishes to have a meeting with members of the EU Parliament or Commission must be listed on the EU Transparency Register including providing details about how much money the group spends on lobbying and number of lobbyists.
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Like many of his Trump administration colleagues, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has never really been down with the whole climate science thing.
Pruitt has denied that carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning is the key driver of climate change, instead hedging his bets with an assortment of ifs, buts, and maybes.
Now, Pruitt is suggesting that what the American public really needs is more debate, more false equivalence, and more delay on policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Last week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to capture international headlines for a kayak outing on the Niagara River in Ontario.
How, you may ask? Well Trudeau paddled up to a family’s dock and had a brief conversation with them about water levels. According to Elle Magazine, he looked “picture perfect” while doing it. It all very quickly became a Twitter sensation.
Trudeau’s photogenic boat trip coincided with World Environment Day and in a speech afterward, the prime minister vowed to continue to fight climate change.
The American press, still bewildered by their president’s widely criticized decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, went wild.
The second meeting in a month of the newly formed climate sceptic group, the Irish Climate Science Forum, took place behind a veil of secrecy and a media blackout in Dublin on June 1, DeSmog UK can confirm.
USD Partners, a rail terminal operator owned in part by Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, has signed a nearly three year deal to facilitate moving tar sands by train from where it is extracted in Alberta, Canada, to an offloading terminal in Stoud, Oklahoma, in a route mirroring that of the Keystone XL pipeline.
From Stroud, the heavy oil can be sent via pipeline to the nearby oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma. USD‘s announcement, which said the company could transport up to 70,000 barrels per day of tar sands in rail cars, came in a June 2 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The deal, centering around the purchase of the Stroud terminal, also included the acquisition of 300,000 barrels of storage space in Cushing, a town known by oil and gas industry observers as the “pipeline crossroads of the world.”
|Innovation Minister Bains in Parliament on June 9th, 217, when he said, “Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, every single transaction is subject to a national security review. This is a multi-step review process, and the process was followed. We take the advice and feedback from our national security agencies very seriously, and based on that advice, we proceeded with this transaction. I want to reassure the member and this House that we never, ever will compromise our national security.” Opposition members simply didn’t believe him and cited quite a bit of evidence to the contrary, including a June 2nd, 2017 Norsat press release, “Norsat Announces Investment Canada Notice Regarding Proposed Acquisition by Hytera Communications Co., Ltd.,” which stated that there would be no review of the sale. For the full exchange, check out the June 9th, CPAC video record of the discussion. Photo c/o CPAC.|
Those discussions spilled over to the Canadian Parliament last week, where they took on an increasingly partisan tone as opposition critics in both the Conservative party and the NDP repeatedly called Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains to task for his handling of the proposed sale of Vancouver, BC based Norsat International Inc. to Shenzhen, China based Hytera Communications.
The June 12th, 2017 Globe and Mail post, “US rebukes Canada over Chinese takeover of Norsat,” quoted US-China Economic and Security Review Commissioner Michael Wessel as stating that “the Liberals appear to be willing to sacrifice national-security interests of its most important ally in exchange for obtaining a bilateral free-trade deal with China.“
As outlined in the June 12th, 2017 Globe and Mail post, “US hedge fund makes bid for Canadian tech firm wanted by Chinese giant,” Atlanta based Privet Fund Management has made a counter-offer of $11.50 US ($15.30 CDN) a share for Norsat stock. Privet has asked Hytera to match the bid or Norsat will accept the Privet offer and pay a termination fee of $2.5Mln US ($3.3Mln CDN) to Hytera.
This latest Federal government decision is a reminder that the governing Liberal party is far less concerned about the foreign ownership of Canadian high-tech and space companies than the previous Conservative government.
It’s also a reminder that the current iteration of Canadian Earth imaging, communications and space companies, such as Vancouver BC based UrtheCast, Cambridge, Ontario based exactEarth, and even more established firms like Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) and Waterloo, Ontario based Teledyne Dalsa often depend heavily on military and government customers to purchase their technology for various command, control and communications (C3) functions.
Perhaps we should become acquainted with our new role. The proper forum for that discussion, is a public one.
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Ann Coulter writes: Unable to summon the backbone to defeat the current enemy, the West is stuck constantly reliving that glorious time when they whipped the Nazis. In almost every Western country—except the one with an increasingly beleaguered First Amendment—it’s against the law to deny the Holocaust. Are we really worried about a resurgence of […]
…to northern working-class Old Labour voters who’d switched to Ukip in the years before Brexit and then decided on Thursday that, after victory in the referendum, it was safe to return to the Labour fold. If you’re wondering about the electoral impact of the deaths of 29 Britons in two Islamic terror attacks in the […]
A new series of YouTube videos portraying a well-rendered vision of future human space exploration is making impressive viewer numbers.
|Graphic c/o Fraser Cain.|
As outlined the June 8th, 2017 Fraser Cain video “Construction Tips from a Type 2 Engineer – Part 1: Collaboration with Isaac Arthur,” and its same day sequel, “Tips from Kardashev 2 Engineers, part 2,” the series tells a story, from the perspective of future engineers, of humanity’s transformation into a solar system-spanning civilization.
In Part 1, ‘practical’ construction tips are discussed as well as key questions such as ‘How did we extract energy and resources from the Moon, planets and even gas giants of the Solar System?’ as well as ‘How did we shift around and dismantle the worlds to provide the raw resources of our civilization?’
Part 2 examines the potential mega-engineering projects civilizations may tackle on their way to achieving Kardashev Type 2 status, such as artificial magnetospheres, mining and disassembling comets, asteroids, and even entire planets, as well as harvesting the Sun itself.
The videos are a collaboration between futurist Issac Arthur and Fraser Cain, publisher of space and astronomy news site Universe Today. The two videos were funded via Patreon. Arthur and Cain asked the Patreon community to brainstorm ideas, with Patreon member Gannon Huiting’s idea being chosen for their collaboration.
The video’s striking visuals were created by artists Jakub Grygier, Kevin Gill and Sergio Botero, comprising both custom imagery and animations as well as NASA photos. Audio and music included “We Roam the Stars” by Lombus, “Dark Future – Staring Through pt 1” by AJ Prasad and “A Memory of Earth” by Markus Junnikkala.
According to the video’s narrative, Humanity’s ability to settle the Solar System was spurred by the harvesting of helium 3 from the Moon. This isotope of helium, rare on Earth but more abundant on the Moon, changed everything by enabling the construction of fusion reactors which release no neutrons, enabling them to be used on bases or starships with minimal shielding.
Eventually, lunar helium-3 was depleted but other sources across the Solar System were tapped, like the regolith (dirt) of Mercury, various moons and asteroids and the atmospheres of the gas giant planets (i.e Uranus and Neptune).
One of the videos’ main points was that asteroids and small moons, rather than planets with deep gravity wells, provide an ideal source of raw materials for space construction. These asteroids also enabled humanity to kickstart space-based infrastructure (solar arrays, asteroid habitats) by providing an income stream from vast deposits of precious metals. In addition, these asteroids and moons often contained water in the form of ice, vital to creating life-sustaining habitats in space, as well as fuel for spaceships.
The video’s narrative goes on to say that while these sources offer plentiful supplies for early infrastructure efforts but not enough for major projects like terraforming Mars or creating many artificial habitats. The video then delves mining comets and large moons in the outer solar system. Later the narrative moves into more esoteric realms such as moving planets and building Dyson swarms.
Examining such future scenarios as shown in these videos may appear fanciful and frivolous to some. However, as new technologies and economics that are now opening the space frontier enable more possibilities, such speculation will help humanity decide on where to direct its efforts as well as what shape its future form will take.
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This past weekend Tony Gentilcore and I were teaching our Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint workshop to trainers at The Third Space in London. Amazing weekend with all my PT children. I had some really proud moments this weekend looking at how far some of them have come on. That’s the new people in the…… Read More
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Jim Goad writes: It appears that there is no fixed answer to this particular Jewish Question because it has changed to suit the times. Back when it was advantageous in American society to be white, Jews were able to “pass.” But now that being white is considered the Worst Thing on Earth, Jews are rapidly […]
I’m very late reading the multi-bylined NYP “alt-right primer/programme”. Was impressed by this section, by Mark Jacobson: From the 1970s on through the militia heyday of the Clintonian 1990s, the far right of the popular imagination was “survivalist”: The gun-wielding, camo-clad, angry white man in the woods ranting against minorities and ZOG (the Zionist Occupation Government). […]
My mother was her own force of nature, and tragically, wholly unexpectedly, and thankfully without suffering, she died on Saturday. To say our family is in shock is an understatement. My mother lived life on her own terms, both for the better, and at times for the worse, but there was never an instant in my life where I didn’t know how fiercely she loved me, nor where I didn’t love her back.
A theoretical physicist who received her PhD from the University of Toronto she was a trailblazer for women in science. Her work in science is baffling to me. I read the titles of her papers, and while I understand some words here or there, they might as well be written in a foreign language – one of her students told me that this paper, is one of which she was especially proud. She once explained to me how it was she went about choosing what to study. The gist was that she would look at experimental results that people could not explain, and then if she thought that the solution would be mathematically elegant, she’d get to work. And while I may not be telling that story perfectly accurately, that’s how I remember it anyhow. We’ve no doubt, that had it not been for mandatory retirement (she missed its abolition by 2 years), she’d have still been teaching.
It was my mother who taught me, again for better or for worse, to alway speak my mind and not to be shy, even with criticism. Below is the obituary we’re placing in the papers – and I thought I’d share it here as well and let it fly out into the ether. Love you Ma, can’t believe you’re gone, and will always be proud to be your son.
Helen (Henchy) Sarah Freedhoff (nee Goodman)
Passed away suddenly on Saturday June 10, at the cottage she loved in Muskoka at the age of 77.
She was predeceased by her parents Sholom and Ethel Goodman (Kohl)
She will be dearly missed by her husband Stephen of 57 years, her daughter Michal (Michael Van Leeuwen), her son Yoni (Stacey Segal), her brother David Goodman, her grandchildren, Rena, Zahava, Talia, Sammy, Leah, Vivienne, and Yael who adored their Omi, and many nieces and nephews. Sister-in-law of Judith and Aubrey Golden,Sylvia Goodman (late brother Irving), and Doba Goodman.
Helen was born in Toronto and excelled in the sciences, having graduated from the University of Toronto with the highest marks and was awarded the Governor General’s Gold medal. She went on to obtain a PH.D in physics and was appointed an assistant professor at York University in 1967. At the time of her appointment, she believed she may have been the only woman in Canada teaching at the university level in her field.
She took a keen interest in her students and was responsible for many of them under her guidance continuing their careers in science. She was soft spoken, a voracious reader, had taken up piano again upon retirement, was an expert ken-ken solver, a weekly yoga practitioner, and maintained a meticulous household
Funeral service at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel 1:30 Monday June 12.
Shiva at 38 Alexandra Wood. Morning services daily at 7:45 a.m. Evening services at 8:45 p.m. Shiva will conclude Sunday morning, June 18.
Donations in memory can be made to Associated Hebrew Schools, Ethel and Sholom Goodman Fund, (416) 494-7666
A cogent column by Edward Keenan in this past Saturday’s Toronto Star has prompted me to get something down on paper that has been bothering me for a while now. (Just ask my wife.) The extended headline reads “Ford’s costly streetcar study will just reveal the obvious : Keenan … TTC CEO Andy Byford calls […]
Theresa May’s general election gamble has seen a little-thought-of and highly controversial party thrust into the spotlight: Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Having failed to gain enough seats to form a majority the Conservative Party has turned to the DUP, which won 10 seats, to create an alliance and give the Tories the ability to govern as a minority.
While the two parties are said to still be “in discussions” over a possible agreement, the decision to try and strike a deal has seen hundreds of protesters descend on Westminster due to the DUP’s stance on abortion, gay rights and climate change. Already more than 500,000 people have signed a petition condemning the Tory-DUP alliance.
The title alone of the scientific paper could have suggested one of two things — either the author deserved a Nobel prize in science, or something very odd was going on.
Professor Steve Sherwood knew it was not the former.
The paper’s title was grandiose but sincere — “The Refutation of the Climate Greenhouse Theory and a Proposal for a Hopeful Alternative” — and appeared in a publication with a name that sounded like a legitimate scientific journal. But appearances don’t always stack up, and neither did this paper.
“The paper is laughable,” Sherwood told DeSmog.
“It is so riddled with unsupported, fantastic and … or … unintelligible claims, arranged in a disorderly fashion and sprinkled liberally with innuendo,” said the director of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
DeSmog has found the journal which that paper appeared in, “Environment Pollution and Climate Change,” is being led by a climate science denier who is advising notorious think tank the Heartland Institute.
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If you teach science to American schoolchildren, there’s a good chance that you might open your mailbox soon and find a package containing a free, unsolicited 135-page book and 11-minute DVD, plus a cover letter from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based free-market “think tank.”
“How do you teach global warming?” the letter begins. “I am writing to ask you to consider the possibility that the science in fact is not ‘settled.’ If that’s the case, then students would be better served by letting them know a vibrant debate is taking place among scientists on how big the human impact on climate is and whether or not we should be worried about it.”
The climate “educational” supplies have already been mailed out to tens of thousands of science teachers — with 25,000 more planned every two weeks, the institute’s CEO told PBS in March.
The mailings prompted a backlash from a group of federal lawmakers including Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, and Brian Schatz, who warned that teachers should treat the free literature skeptically.
Many horror movies are notable only for their titles. Troma made (inexplicable) millions from this single fact. I Wake Up Screaming is one of those. I’ve never seen it but found myself thinking of the title far too frequently for far too long. My day job takes up 12-14 hours a day through the week, […]